The Gospel Magazine

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The Gospel Magazine
cover image showing a village church tower
May–June 2014 cover showing Blagdon Parish Church
EditorEdward J. Malcolm
Year founded1766

The Gospel Magazine is a Calvinist, evangelical Christian magazine from the United Kingdom, and is one of the longest running of such periodicals, having been founded in 1766. Most of the editors have been Anglicans. It is currently published bi-monthly.

A number of well-known hymns, including Augustus Montague Toplady's Rock of Ages, first appeared in the Gospel Magazine. Toplady, sponsored by Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, used the magazine to attack John Wesley.[1] Other contributors included John Newton, the organist William Shrubsole (1760–1806), the hymn writer Daniel Turner (1710–98) and (at a later date) the particular Baptist minister John Andrew Jones (1779–1868).[2]

The Gospel Magazine Trust is currently working to scan their extant copies—going back 240 years—and upload them onto the website.[3]

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Some time between 1783 and 1796 the Gospel Magazine was suspended for a period, and a magazine called the New Spiritual Magazine was produced.[4]


  1. ^ Boyd Stanley Schlenther, ‘Hastings , Selina, countess of Huntingdon (1707–1791)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 4 Jan 2008
  2. ^ ODNB
  3. ^ The Gospel Magazine archive page
  4. ^ John Gadsby (1870). Memoirs of the Principal Hymn-writers: & Compilers of the 17th, 18th, & 19th Centuries. J. Gadsby. p. 62. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  5. ^ Power, Thomas P. (2014). Ministers and Mines: Religious Conflict in an Irish Mining Community, 1847–1858. iUniverse. pp. 4–7. ISBN 9781491726044.
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