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Sacred Subdivisions: The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism

Justin Wilford


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 i ... More

Keywords: mainline Christianity, evangelical Christianity, evangelical megachurch, church attendance, suburban life, Saddleback Church, secular spaces, religious significance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814725351
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814725351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Wilford, author