Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

William Hertzog Thompson

Second Advisor

William Jaynes

Third Advisor

D.T. Pedrini


In the August Twentieth issue of Life Magazine an article appeared entitled, “Why Ministers Are Breaking Down.”1 Three months later, the Christian Century answered this article in Life with “Are Ministers Cracking Up?”2 The conclusions of these two articles were in disagreement. However, they were alike in that they were based upon personal observations of a few cases and not upon careful study. Since then other periodicals have carried like articles written in like style.3 A casual examination of the books on a minister’s personal problems in the library of any theological seminary will manifest the same general trend of enumerating and evaluating the problems upon the basis of personal experience and general observations with no attempt to test the material scientifically.

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