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Title: Broadcasting Evangelical Christianity : a critical comparison of Britain and Hungary, 1989-1993
Author: Elvy, Peter
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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The core problems in this research project concern the nature of the Evangelical message and its communicability through broadcasting: Does Evangelical broadcasting amount to more than the hopes and aspirations of particular Evangelical broadcasters? Two hypotheses are put forward: (1) The nature and content of Evangelical broadcasting is more significantly shaped by the national cultural context than by Evangelical presuppositions. (2) Evangelical hopes and understandings of broadcasting are not necessarily fulfilled by Evangelical dedicated-channels. In order to prove these hypotheses, two procedures are followed: (1) Questionnaires, in English and Hungarian, establish the key words which Evangelicals would hope to find in Evangelical broadcasts. (2) Using techniques of quantitative content analysis, the occurrence of these key words is measured in four categories of religious radio (Evangelical and public service broadcasts in English and Hungarian). In the Hungarian case studies (both Evangelical and PSB), the word-counts reveal broadly similar levels of Evangelical key-word frequency. The theology of Hungarian Evangelical broadcasters is shown to have been determined by the particularities of the Hungarian Protestant tradition. During their forty-year exile in Western Europe, Hungarian Evangelical broadcasters are shown to have been influenced (not so much by Anglo-American Evangelicalism) but by a pre-War Calvinist pietism and in particular by the special millenarian expectations of Hungary's small communities of Christian Brethren.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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