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By far the youngest song on this list, “In Christ Alone” was released in 2001 by British worship leaders Keith Getty of Northern Ireland and Stuart Townend of England.

The hymn garnered controversy in some circles, including the Presbyterian Church USA, for the line “’Til on the cross as Jesus died / the wrath of God was satisfied.”

In defending the lyrics, Getty remarked that “altering the lyrics would remove an essential part of the gospel story as explained throughout Scripture.”

“The main thread of what we see revealed throughout the Old and New Testament is the need for man to be made right with God,” said Getty, as recounted by music professor C. Michael Hawn.

“The provided path toward reconciliation came through Christ’s predetermined and perfect sacrifice on the cross, satisfying God’s wrath once and for all.”

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