Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Summer 1962

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Robert R. Witt


Sects constitute a force in the Christian religion, in addition to Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, in most communities of the United States. Sects have a basically negative religious orientation. An important distinction between sects and denominations is that sects are established to achieve a context of isolation in society, while denominations currently accommodate to middle-class beliefs and values. Sects provide a haven from the complexity and tensions of the larger society. The Congregation of Jehovah witnesses of Russell, Kansas, reflects a predominant sect orientation with respect to the classification used to determine sect and church characteristics. This group shows very few signs of being assimilated into the mainstream of the social and religious life of the community.


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Copyright 1962 Arthur William Anderson

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