Date of Award
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Protestantism today is known for its numerous and varied sects, denominations, and movements. A survey of the yellow pages of a metropolitan phone book will yield hundreds of names of local organizations. Some of these are part of larger denominations while others function as independent bodies. They vary in size, government, doctrine, ethics and types of members. The diversity and multiplicity of these churches is the result of many years of change, struggle, and fragmentation since the Reformation. Most can point to specific leaders as founders of their organizations. They may also focus on specific issues or doctrines as the basis for their existence. Either separation or unification may characterize their formation.
Deardorff, Dennis, "A Study for the Purpose of Finding Suitable Affiliation for Trinity Christian Church" (1974). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 438.