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The decline of methodism : an analysis of religious commitment and organisation

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The Decline of Methodism an analysis of religious commitment and organisation A thesis presented in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy. by 4ý uni D. S. Turner -VII , Department of Social Studies University of Leeds. 1970 This thesis is dedicated to nr wife. 4 rs r; t. Table of Contents er Preface Part 1: ReliPious Commitment 1. Contemporary Problems in Sociology of Religion - reasons for the research. Pages 1. - 13. 2. A Definition of Religion and Religious Commitment. Pages 14.. - 42. 3. Methodology of the Research. Tables 3: 1 - 3: 16 Pages 43. - 82. 4. Religious Belief. Tables 431 - 4: 9 Pages 83. - 112. 5. Religious Practice - from Virtuoso to Mass Religion. Tables 5: 1 - 5: 8 Pages 113. - 143. 6. Religious Experience. Tables 6: 1. - 6: 8. Pages 144. - 177. Part 21 Religious Organization 7. Theories of Religious Organizations. Pages 178. - 205. 8. Recruitment - Socialization and Conversion. Tables 8: 1 - 8: 16. Pages 206. - 239 9. Ecumenism - Discord in Modern Methodism Pages 240. - 261. 10. Size of Church and Religious Commitment. Tables 10: 1 - 10: 12 Pages 262. - 197" Part 3: Comparison and Conclusion 11. The Herberg Thesis in Cross-cultural Perspective. Tables 110 1 -'11: 8 Pages 298. - 326. 12. The Decline of Methodism - Conclusion. Pages 327. - 347. Appendix 1. Questionnaire and Follow-up Letters. Pages 348. - 378. Appendix 2. Bibliography. Pages 379. - 391. i Preface Samuel Johnson once said of literature "It is amazing how little there is in the world". Like any aphorism worth of recall, Johnson's complaint contains both a great measure of truth and of falsity. The truth of Johnson's amazement must be a very common experience of the sociological researcher and it has certainly been a problem to plague the research I have carried out over the last four years. One is continuall

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