The Humanitas Forum — Keith Getty

Keith Getty

“‘In Christ Alone’ is well on its way to becoming the ‘Amazing Grace’ of this generation.” 


This remarkable assessment was offered recently by theologian Timothy George in “No Squishy Love,” a column written for the First Things website. Dr. George continued,


There are many evangelical hymns, of course, that suffer in both content and musicality. But “In Christ Alone” is not one of them. Although published fewer than fifteen years ago, “In Christ Alone” has become one of our most cherished and most often sung contemporary hymns—not just in North America and not just among evangelicals. It has been translated into many languages including Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Indonesian, among others. … Although the authors, Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, are Protestants, “In Christ Alone” is being sung by Catholics as well. …


[U]nlike many of the praise ditties that clutter Christian worship today, “In Christ Alone” has real theological substance. …


Please mark your calendar!  Keith Getty, co-author of “In Christ Alone,” will be our next speaker in The Humanitas Forum on Christianity and Culture.


Working title:  ‘In Christ Alone’ – Words and Melodies to Shape Modern Souls

Date:  November 15, 2013

Time:  7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Admission:  Free but registration is required. You may register here.

Location:  Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and Health Science Building Auditorium, Tennessee Tech, West 7th Street and Mahler Avenue, Cookeville, Tennessee



Dr. Timothy George is dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and also serves as the chairman of the Colson Center’s oversight board.  He is the author of numerous books and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. 


Dr. George’s comments on “In Christ Alone” came as part of his response to the controversy created by the refusal of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PC-USA) to include this song in their new hymnal.  His original column, “No Squishy Love,” can be found here.  Follow-up comments, “No Squishy Love (Part II),” can be found here.




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