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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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This fascinating collection of essays belongs on the shelf of anyone who hopes to understand the changing role that religion has played in creating the social world of the Pacific Northwest. (Oregon Historical Quarterly)

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Patricia O'Connell Killen is a professor of religion at Pacific Lutheran University. Mark Silk is the founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and adjunct associate professor of religion at Trinity College.

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Product Details

  • Series: Religion by Region (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759106258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759106253
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a pastor in Idaho, which is not really covered within this volume. But, I read the book because I will be retiring to Vancouver, Washington in less than four years, because our area office is in Portland, Oregon, and because a lot of what happens on the West Coast seems to spread across the nation in a few years.

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.
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The authors of this book have named some very important truths about living the life of faith in the Pacific Northwest! Growing up in Seattle, I have understood the culture at a deep level, but these authors explicate the rationale for WHY it is this way making the implicit more explicit. Very well written and thoughtful!
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