Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Religious Studies


Michael A. Daise

Committee Members

Maureen Fitzgerald

Kathleen E. Jenkins


Investigating the historical sacramental precedents of the Bohemian Reformation and the current Episcopal schism, I aim to realign the debate that surrounds TEC by resettling the main questions in a new environment. Rather than engage in theological discourse on sources and interpretation, which has been thoroughly explored with only further entrenchment occurring, I will discuss the questions of schism and sacramental exclusivity in a historical and social context. Rather than something new and thus a break from tradition, I will argue that the current machinations of TEC reflect a common historical pattern of the institutional reflection of societal values. Just as the Bohemian Reformation challenged sacramental exclusivity supported by the Catholic hierarchy of the day, the current Episcopal Church allows for a questioning of the sacramental exclusivity that exists within the modern institutional churches.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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