Branch of theol. science that uses techniques of science, in the framework of a theol. value system, to comprehend the whole kingdom of God in its earthly manifestations. Includes descriptive statistics (description of geog. distribution and expansion, numerical strength and growth, and the socioeconomic nature and structure of Christendom); inferential statistics (comparison within and bet. various segments of Christendom, projection of growth and related trends in Christendom, and explanation of internal and external factors that influence the nature, structure, and development of Christendom).
Reference books in the field include editions of World Christian Handbook (Nashville, Tennessee); F. S. Mead, Handbook of Denominations in the United States (Nashville, Tennessee); Yearbook of American Churches (Nashville, Tennessee); Catholic Almanac (Huntington, Indiana); Statistical Yearbook of the Mo. Syn. (St. Louis, Mo). PRP
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