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dc.contributor.advisor Pieterse, H. J. C.
dc.contributor.advisor Johnston, C.C. Weston, Owen Charles en 2015-01-23T04:24:30Z 2015-01-23T04:24:30Z 1997-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Weston, Owen Charles (1997) Television as an evangelistic tool, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis is the study of televangelism contextualized within the country of Romania. It seeks to answer six main questions: I} When the Lord Jesus gave Christendom the global, Gospel mandate, he forced his disciples into a two thousand year struggle with, not only the message, but how to spread this message. Is the Gospel message so powerful that it will penetrate through any method of delivery? Can a former communist country be evangelized through television? 2) The next question asked in this thesis: is the message in and of itself, when conveyed through this media, sufficient to accomplish its goals? Does the media encourage the recipient to fulfill the desires of the message? What about Mass Communication Theory which espouses that television is more likely to reinforce then transform a viewer's belief? 3) The third question wrestled with: would the former communistic country of Romania, when turning to the ideals of the West, receive the Gospel message with greater or lesser significance through the media of television, or would other forms of communication be more desirable? Would television, in comparison to Crusade or Film Evangelism, be a more ideal media for the Gospel at this juncture in Romania's history? 4) Television allows large audiences to be reached with staggering efficiency, but does the medium itself impose limits on the kind of evangelism that can be done? What type of church grows out of an electronic medium? Would television gather a church "unto itself?" 5) In fulfilling the great commission, many organizations and mission groups have arisen with the desire to carry the Gospel message to the ends of the earth with whatever means available, including CBN, who uses television. Can television reach the masses, including the poor, in Eastern block countries? 6) The final question addressed in this research: what are the long term effects of televangelism in this former communistic country? Would a one time television program, given in one week, yield results that can be determined two years later? These questions were not only wrestled with, but conclusions were drawn to make evangelism and particularly televangelism more efficacious.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 349 leaves0 en
dc.subject Evangelism
dc.subject Televangelism
dc.subject Romania
dc.subject Eastern Europe
dc.subject Mass communication theory
dc.subject Joseph Klapper
dc.subject Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
dc.subject Campus Crusade for Christ International
dc.subject Luis Palau Evangelistic Association
dc.subject Romanian Eastern Orthodox Church
dc.subject Persuasive communication
dc.subject Discipleship
dc.subject Follow-up
dc.subject.ddc 269.2609498 en
dc.subject.lcsh Television in religion -- Romania en
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media in religion -- Romania en
dc.subject.lcsh Christian Broadcasting Network (U.S.) en
dc.subject.lcsh Campus Crusade for Christ en
dc.title Television as an evangelistic tool en
dc.description.department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology Th. D. (Practical Theology) en

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