In an era where church attendance has reached an all-time low,
recent polling has shown that Americans are becoming less formally
religious and more promiscuous in their religious commitments.
Within both mainline and evangelical Christianity in America, it is
common to hear of secularizing pressures and increasing competition
from nonreligious sources. Yet there is a kind of religious
institution that has enjoyed great popularity over the past thirty
years: the evangelical megachurch. Evangelical megachurches not
only continue to grow in number, but also in cultural, political,
and economic influence. To appreciate their appeal is to understand
not only how they are innovating, but more crucially, where their
innovation is taking place. a In this groundbreaking and
interdisciplinary study, Justin G. Wilford argues that the success
of the megachurch is hinged upon its use of space: its location on
the postsuburban fringe of large cities, its fragmented, dispersed
structure, and its focus on individualized spaces of intimacy such
as small group meetings in homes, which help to interpret suburban
life as religiously meaningful and create a sense of belonging.
Based on original fieldwork at Rick WarrenOCOs Saddleback Church,
one of the largest and most influential megachurches in America,
Sacred Subdivisions explains how evangelical megachurches thrive by
transforming mundane secular spaces into arenas of religious
New York University Press
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Justin G Wilford
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