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Title: William Robertson Nicoll (1851-1923) and religious journalism in the nineteenth century
Author: Lawrence, George William
ISNI:       0000 0001 3605 9600
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1954
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Problems and Limits: Since William Robertson Nicoll arose out of the background of nineteenth century religious journalism, and because he became editor of the religious journal, the British Weekly, prominent in the fields of politics, religion, and literature, his influence led vest numbers of people to greater national, social and religious efforts. PROCEDURE: The status and growth of religious journalism in the nineteenth century was surveyed in an effort to understand the background out of which arose William Robertson Nicoll as the editor of the religious journal, the British Weekly. The influence and power of religious journalism during this same oeriod was found to be in relation to its mechanical growth, to its freedom from taxes and to the vast new reading public which then was coming into existence. The early life and background of William Robertson Hicoll was shown in order to emphasize the part it played in the development of his ability to become a religious journalist. This was accomplished through the study of his biographies, his own letters and writings, interviews with Micoll as written in newspapers and periodicals, personal interviews with Hlcoll's immediate family and relatives, and remarks about and evaluations of Hicoll as recorded in the books, reminiscences, biographies, and histories concerning Hicoll's time. Hleoll's aims, methods, and objectives in the establishment of the British Weekly were examined, using the same methods just mentioned, followed by the attempt to show what he set out to do, what he did, and how he accomplished it. A further attempt was made, by examining Micoll's writings as set forth in the pages of the British 'weekly, to analyse the role he played in the realms of religion, politics and social problems, in the education struggle, in war-time, and in the affairs of the churches and the people, FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: It was found that religious journalism had a steady growth, a growth which became more apparent in the nineteenth century. It was also found that religious journalism attained its greatest stature, both physically and influentially, in the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. In this era William Robertson Micoll became the editor of the British v.eekly. and because of his religious background, his familiarity with literature and journalism and his keen understanding of his fellowman he became the outstanding religious journalist of the nineteenth century from the standpoint of his power and influence. He accomplished this by utilizing all of the Improvements and facilities available to the press, by his knowledge and ability as a writer, of leaders and articles, by his keen and acute use of his office as editor, and by his judgment and. common sense. Because of his religious knowledge he made vocal and prominent what became known as the Scottish school of theology and because of his literary knowledge he brought before the public the Scottish school of literature. And because of his journalistic knowledge he mde the religious journal, the British Weekly, a persuasive and powerful Christian influence which in time made him one of the most potent personal forces in public life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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