Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Elton Carter


Religious and secular newspapers, while reporting the vast variety of news, frequently overlap in th e ir coverage of certain news events. Subjects range from fundamentalist ministers seeking public office to the impact of secular feminism on the viewpoints of certain denominations with respect to the topic of the ordination of women. "Changes in the belief systems in the larger society are bound to enter the internal life of denominations, and, in turn, beliefs developed within religious organizations become the basis for action in the larger society" (Zald , 1982, p.317). Social change initiated by various church organizations and social change introduced in other sectors of society can be viewed as two sides of the same coin. On one side of the coin may be found a religious community. On the opposite side of the co in, a ll other designated communities are represented. The whole coin represents both the interdependence between communities and the enmeshment of the particular religious communities in society. Enmeshment indicates network interconnectedness of distinguishable segments of society, with the smallest unit being that of the individual member.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska. Copyright 1986 Fred Naumann III