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Places of Faith: A Road Trip across America's Religious Landscape Paperback – February 14, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019979152X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199791521
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Are you looking for an adventure with minimal admission fees?" 
-Todd C. Ream, Christianity Today

"Accessibly written and visually engaging... The incorporation of over 150 color images distinguishes Places of Faith as a compelling (and rare) example of visual methods in the sociology of religion... a welcome addition to introductory courses." --Sociology of Religion

"At a time when strip-mall sameness threatens to erase local difference, this book reminds us of the stubborn particularity of the religious landscape. Using vivid prose and engaging photographs to take us with them on their journey across America, the authors document contemporary diversity while recounting the local terrain's complex history and wider significance. The best spiritual journey you can take without leaving home."
--Thomas A. Tweed, author of America's Church: The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation's Capital

"This engaging volume demonstrates as clearly as anything I know that place is fundamentally important in American religion. People of faith lovingly consecrate the buildings in which they worship, the halls in which they meet, and the cemeteries in which they bury their dead. Scheitle and Finke have done a wonderful job of showing the diversity of ways in which this happens."
-- Robert Wuthnow, Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University

"A fascinating journey... Vivid illustrations and historical and sociological tidbits bring the text to life, short bibliographies allow for further research, and side trips scattered throughout provide insight and history. ... Overall, strongly recommended." -- Library Journal

"The authors' informed historical and cultural perspectives unfold many hidden aspects of America's religious traditions, and they more than fulfill their promise to reveal a rich and diverse religious landscape overlaying the physical ground they excellent overview of the spiritual nature of the United States in the 21st century."--America

About the Author

Christopher P. Scheitle is currently 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 also the author of:
  • The Churching of America: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy, 1776-2005 (with Rodney Stark)
  • The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century (with Brian Grim)
  • Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion (with Rodney Stark)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is not a general tour guide to multiple places of worship in the United States. Instead it is a tale of a specific journey to: Memphis, Houston, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Central Nebraska, Detroit, Brooklyn and Central; Pennsylvania.

It is interesting, in that the authors go to storefront churches, mega churches, synagogues, Islamic centers and temples. There are many colour pictures and some charts to show such as; population density of Nebraska, number of Mormon people per 1,000 and number of mega churches per 1,000,00 people.

There are the personal observations of the authors of the history and the people of the areas they meet on this specific road trip. It does give a good idea of the array of religions that exist in the United States.
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