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Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches Paperback – May 23, 2011
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Alexei Krindatch is a research associate to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. He is a sociologist of religion and major expert on American Orthodox Christian Churches. He served as Research Director at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Berkeley, California. His website of research is orthodoxreality.org
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The majority of the book is devoted to the atlas, which begins with state-level maps that illustrate the growth of the Orthodox Christian Churches over the course of the 20th century and into the 21st. Following these maps is an overview of the national Orthodox Church bodies, which details the international governing body of each national Church, contact information for their U.S. headquarters, a short article with information about each national Church, and two maps. One state-level map illustrates the number of parishes of that national Church in each state and another county-level map shows the number of adherents of that national Church in each county.
The Orthodox Christian Churches have a long and rich religious tradition, a colorful and vibrant ethnic culture, and a resilience that has helped them to flourish despite hardship and religious persecution. Their stories, told in words, maps, and numbers in this atlas, contribute to our understanding of the cultural diversity that makes up the religious tapestry of the United States.