Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious Landscape

ISBN : 9780199791521

Christopher P. Scheitle; Roger Finke
264 Pages
155 x 234 mm
Pub date
Feb 2012
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Lavishly illustrated with over 100 color photographs, Places of Faith takes readers on a fascinating religious road trip. Christopher Scheitle and Roger Finke have crisscrossed America, visiting churches in small towns and rural areas, as well as the mega-churches, storefronts, synagogues, Islamic centers, Eastern temples, and other places of faith in major cities. Each stop on their tour provides an opportunity to introduce a particular current of American religion. Memphis serves as a window into the Black Church, a visit to Colorado Springs provides insight into evangelicalism, and a stop in Detroit sheds light on American Muslims. Readers visit Hare Krishnas in San Francisco, the Amish in central Pennsylvania, and a "cowboy church" in Amarillo, Texas. As the authors journey across the country, they retell unique religious histories and touch on local religious profiles and trends. They draw from conversations they had with pastors, imams, bishops, priests, and monks, along with ordinary believers of all kinds. Most of all, they tell the reader what they saw and heard, putting a human face on America's astounding religious diversity.


View from the Road: Underground Railroad
Chapter 1: Memphis
View from the Road: Hispanic Influences
Chapter 2: Houston
View from the Road: Cowboy Church
Chapter 3: Colorado Springs
View from the Road: Signs from the Road
Chapter 4: San Francisco
View from the Road: Hare Krishnas
Chapter 5: Salt Lake City
View from the Road: Our Lady of Peace Shrine
Chapter 6: Central Nebraska
View from the Road: Raised Religious
Chapter 7: Detroit
View from the Road: Monastery of the Transfiguration
Chapter 8: Brooklyn
View from the Road: The Amish
Conclusion: Central Pennsylvania

About the author: 

Christopher P. Scheitle is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. Roger Finke is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and is Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives.

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