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ERIC Number: ED413929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 52
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The Transformation of Evangelical Literature by Modern Psychology: Are Trends Continuing and Should Evangelical Libraries Be Concerned? A Content Analysis.
Ray, Robert C.
This study examines popular Evangelical literature currently available, in order to determine the percentage of the literature that is concerned with psychological issues, human personality, and self-development, respectively. The purpose of the study is to contribute to previous analyses of the change since World War II in Evangelicalism's attitude toward human personality and the "self" as a result of the influences of modern psychology. The study is a follow-up to research reported (by others) in 1983 which concluded that Evangelicalism's symbolic boundaries were being eroded and its traditions were being recast and reinterpreted in terms of the world view of the dominant secular culture. This study seeks to determine if these trends are continuing and, by content analysis, to determine if the content of Evangelical self-development literature has changed in recent years. The study's objective is to contribute to an understanding of the distinctiveness, if any, of current Evangelical literature, which would be potentially useful information for collection development librarians. Findings indicate that the presence of psychological themes and issues of the individual psyche are increasing in the Evangelical literature. The trends reported in 1983 appear to be continuing and are likely to remain. The data indicate that the current popular Evangelical literature is particularly concerned with actualizing the potential of individuals in the here-and-now, with 68.6% of all such books published being concerned with psychological development and emphasizing immediate results. An orientation in the literature toward career achievement and self-improvement is also notable. It is theorized that the increase in the percentage of Evangelical books pertaining to psychology since 1983 is due to a similar change in the nature of "spiritual" books, in general. The coding sheet and publisher summary sheets are appended. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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