Date of Award
Master of Arts
The significance of the minister in society has always been acknowledged. He has always played an important social role and, because of his particular authority, is expected to be a model for his parishioners. The situation of a religious leader is markedly different from that of any other figure of authority. Venial sins may be forgiven more easily in a leader whose duties are secular because, after all, the public duties of such a leader need not involve the attempt to better men's souls. The duties of a priest or a parson. on the other hand, make him responsible for the betterment of men's souls - and the assumption is that the minister himself is a role-model. In other words, he is expected to be "better" than those around him: more devout,less prone to sin, and most importantly, above suspicion of any kind.
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August 19, 2013
Chanda, Swati, "Sinners in the pulpit: the ministers of Faulkner and Hawthorne" (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 125.