A sociological analysis of church union in Canada
File, Edgar Francis
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This dissertation seeks to present a fanctional analysis of the church union movement as it has developed in the canadian scene up to and including the formation of the United Church of canada in 1925. The research method has been to apply categories of analyzing and interpreting relevant sociological data which have been developed by such theorists as Troeltsch, Yinger and H. Richard Niebuhr. Following this methodology it has been possible to identify and assess the complex converging and opposing social forces which influenced the genetic process of the 1925 church union. H. Richard Niebuhr's The social sources of Denominationalism and Robert Lee's The Social Sources of Church Unity have made particularly significant contributions for this study of the role which various sociological factors have played in influencing both the unity and continued disunity among tne various Protestant denominations in canada. Particular stress is laid upon the fact of the functional inability of the separate denominations adequately to serve the religious needs of Protestantism in canada. Specifically it is asserted that the opening of the west had farced a closer unity upon tne protestant denominations in canada. The response which the various denominations made to tnis demand far closer unity was determined largely by an interaction or theological and sociological motives [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.