Religious Research Association

The Religious Research Association (RRA) emerged from an interesting prehistory. After pioneers had settled the Western frontier of the United States, a shift from an agrarian to an industrial society led much of the population to abandon the countryside and migrate to major cities. This left the rural areas overchurched, and what came to be called the rural church movement occasioned the genesis of sociological research in rural America. Warren H. Wilson, superintendent in the church rural work department of the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions, argued for the end of the denominational competition and for the church to facilitate a community as opposed to an individual consciousness. John R. Mott (head of the North American Y.M.C.A.), John D. Rockefeller Jr., and Rockefeller’s mentor at ...

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