Places of Faith: A Road Trip across America's Religious Landscape
Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 17, 2012 - Social Science - 264 pages
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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Review: Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious LandscapeUser 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
Review: Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious LandscapeUser Review - Joey Dye - Goodreads
This is a really good overview of religion in America. This isn't a book for pithy insights into doctrine or theology. But if you are interested in the relationship between immigration, migration, and ... Read full review