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Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone (Religion by Region) Paperback – March 12, 2004
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At times it was slow reading, and at times I am not sure I got the exact intended point. A key point is that the physical nature of the land changes people who move to the Northwest. If they wish to remain religiously involved, individuals must work at it continually. Already in 1914 a conference was held by church folks to discuss what could be done about the problem of religiously active people moving to the Northwest and becoming religiously inactive.
Although the subtitle (The None Zone) makes it sound as if most in the Northwest have no interest in religious matters, most have some fairly strong spiritual interest. That may not take the form of participation in a traditional church, but may be akin to earth worship through ecology. Often when I was reading the sections about those who are spiritual, but not involved in churches, the thought kept coming to me that these people worship the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1). A teacher at seminary was fond of saying in 1970 that our culture is becoming more like that of the First Century than at any other time. It is encouraging to remember that it was into such settings that St. Paul first took the Christian Gospel and turned the world upside down with it.
I was a little put off in the section of the book by James K.Read more ›