Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study was to analyze the invention of four sermons by P. H. Welshimer to determine his stock of ideas, basic premises, validity of invention, and evaluate his over-all effectiveness as a speaker in behalf of the Christian Church, Canton, Ohio. Mr. Welshimer was an advocate of the Restoration movement which began as six individual streams of Christian action converging into one main stream of thought during the early nineteenth century. Mr. Welshimer was a steadfast preacher of the Restoration movement and, as such, he believed and preached its principles. The principles of the Restoration movement were: The Bible as the sale authority in religion, a plea for the restoration of the New Testament church in faith and practice, and the uniting of individuals with Christ through this plea, with the ultimate goal being that of converting the world, thus uniting all Christians. Mr. Welshimer was introduced to the Restoration movement as a young man and accepted its principles as guiding factors in his spiritual life. Mr. Welshimer began his life's work of fifty-six years ministry to the Christian Church, Canton, Ohio, in 1901. Under his leadership the church grew to be the largest Christian Church in the world. The analysis of the invention of P. H. Welshimer revealed: the sources for his stock of ideas were varied and numerous, and his basic premises were consistent with the principles of the Restoration movement which claimed to follow the Bible solely. His reputation evinced strong ethical credibility in addition to the ethical references made in the speech situation. Pathetic proof was wisely employed, and his logical proof was generally strong and effective.


James Costigan

Date of Award

Summer 1965

Document Type

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