Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone / Edition 1

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When asked their religious identification, more people answer 'none' in the Pacific Northwest than in any other region of the United States. But this does not mean that the region's religious institutions are without power or that Northwesterners who do attend no place of worship are without spiritual commitments. With no dominant denomination, Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, Jews, adherents of Pacific Rim religious traditions, indigenous groups, spiritual environmentalists, and secularists must vie or sometimes must cooperate with each other to address the regions' pressing economic, environmental, and social issues. One cannot understand this complex region without understanding the fluid religious commitments of its inhabitants. And one cannot understand religion in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska without Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In surveys about religious affiliation, the Pacific Northwest boasts the highest percentage of people checking the "none" box. In Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The "None" Zone, edited by Patricia O'Connell Killen and Mark Silk, religion scholars attempt to define why the Northwest appears to be the nation's most secular region. Those who are involved in religious organizations "are divided among many different groups," and sometimes casually switch affiliations. With detailed information about the religious adherence and voting habits of people in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, this book will be of use to students, journalists and the region's residents. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Oregon Historical Quarterly
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759106253
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Religion by Region Series, #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface 5
Introduction - pattern of the past, prospects for the future : religion in the none zone 9
Religious affiliation in the Pacific Northwest and the nation - religious self-identification and adherents claimed by religious groups. National and regional comparisons 21
Ch. 1 Surveying the religious landscape : historical trends and current patterns in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska 25
Ch. 2 Contesting the soul of an unlikely land : mainline Protestants, Catholics, and reform and conservative Jews in the Pacific Northwest 51
Ch. 3 The churching of the Pacific Northwest : the rise of sectarian entrepreneurs 79
Ch. 4 Religions of the Pacific Rim in the Pacific Northwest 107
Ch. 5 Secular but spiritual in the Pacific Northwest 139
Conclusion : religious futures in the none zone 169
Appendix 185
Bibliography 187
Index 189
Contributors 203
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