John Newton

John Newton John Newton (1725-1807) was an English hymn writer and Church of England minister. Early life of wanton sin. For ten years involved in African slave trade. Wrote the words and music for the familiar hymns "Amazing Grace," "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds," and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken." Collaborated with William Cowper in producing the "Olney Hymns."

Recommended DVD:
John Newton: A Ruthless Slave Trader Becomes a Messenger of Amazing Grace DVD by Gary Wilkinson; distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. Documentary, featuring interviews with Newton scholars Brian H. Edwards, Jonathan Aitken and Tony Baker, thoroughly explores Newton's life. DVD, 45 minutes.
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