Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious Landscape

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 1, 2012 - Social Science - 264 pages
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Lavishly illustrated with over 100 color photographs, Places of Faith takes readers on a fascinating religious road trip. Christopher Scheitle and Roger Finke have crisscrossed America, visiting churches in small towns and rural areas, as well as the mega-churches, storefronts, synagogues, Islamic centers, Eastern temples, and other places of faith in major cities. Each stop on their tour provides an opportunity to introduce a particular current of American religion. Memphis serves as a window into the Black Church, a visit to Colorado Springs provides insight into evangelicalism, and a stop in Detroit sheds light on American Muslims. Readers visit Hare Krishnas in San Francisco, the Amish in central Pennsylvania, and a "cowboy church" in Amarillo, Texas. As the authors journey across the country, they retell unique religious histories and touch on local religious profiles and trends. They draw from conversations they had with pastors, imams, bishops, priests, and monks, along with ordinary believers of all kinds. Most of all, they tell the reader what they saw and heard, putting a human face on America's astounding religious diversity.

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Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious Landscape

User Review  - Ray Arnett - Book Verdict

Scheitle (sociology, Pennsylvania State Univ.; Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits) and Finke (sociology & religious studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.; The Churching of America ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Wiggins - Goodreads

Enjoyable enough as far as it goes. It would have been nice to have a little more analysis or a broader selection. What's here is fine, but it feels like there was much left out. See more comments at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Christopher P. Scheitle is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also the author of Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits. Roger Finke is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and is Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives. He is the author of many books and articles, including The Churching of America, 1776-2005 with Rodney Stark.

Christopher P. Scheitle is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also the author of Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits. Roger Finke is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and is Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives. He is the author of many books and articles, including The Churching of America, 1776-2005 with Rodney Stark.

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