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Title:Visions and revisions: An exploratory investigation sketching the origins and growth of the evolving relationship between the church and recreation, 1872-1992
Author(s):Wesner, Bradley Eugene
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bannon, Joseph
Department / Program:Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Discipline:Leisure studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Religion, History of
History, United States
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to analyze how different religious groups perceived the historical development of the relationship between the Church and recreation from period 1872 to 1992.
The study focused upon five leading families of denominations in the United States--Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, and Jewish. To represent the families, a specific denomination was selected: United Methodists, Southern Baptists, Assemblies of God, Roman Catholics, and Conservative Jews, respectively. Data collection consisted interviewing practitioners and scholars, combing libraries, and searching archives. After data were obtained, they were organized, compared and contrasted. Conclusions were formed based upon the data.
The study was guided by six research questions: (1) How did religious groups' concept of recreation evolve in the United States between 1872 and 1992? (2) Which of H. Richard Niebuhr's five models of religion and culture best describes the current relationship between the Church and recreation? (3) What historical events do religious groups claim influenced church-recreation in the United States between 1872 and 1992? (4) From the viewpoint of religious organizations, how has the relationship of the Church related to other providers of recreation in U.S. society? (5) What major problems faced leaders of church-recreation in the United States between 1872 and 1992? and (6) How has church-recreation related to other forms of ministry in the United States between 1872 and 1992? The overall conclusion was made that Protestants, Catholics, and Jews differ slightly regarding how church-recreation evolved, but they agree that, although the Church has experienced peaks and troughs in the growth of church-recreation, on the whole, the twentieth century American Church has moved steadily deeper into the field of recreation.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Wesner, Bradley Eugene
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543768
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543768

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