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Mighty Fortresses: Explaining the Spatial Distribution of American Megachurches

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Abstract:

One of the most significant phenomena in organized religion over the past two decades is the development and growth of the “megachurch.” While these dramatically large campuses and congregations represent a relatively new aspect of religious life in the United States, they are already having a profound effect on the way in which Americans worship through their size and often their wealth. Given their size and increasing numbers, where they are located takes on a special significance. We assess their location within the context of a range of demographic and economic factors in those states in which they are most prevalent.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2007.00355.x

Affiliations: 1: Kimberly Karnes is a graduate student at the Department of Government and Politics, 3140 Tydings Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742., Email: kkarnes@gvpt.umd.edu 2: Wayne McIntosh is an Associate Professor at the Department of Government and Politics, 3140 Tydings Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742., Email: wmcintosh@gvpt.umd.edu 3: Irwin L. Morris is an Associate Professor at the Department of Government and Politics, 3140 Tydings Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742., Email: imorris@gvpt.umd.edu 4: Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz is a graduate student at the Department of Government and Politics, 3140 Tydings Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742., Email: spearson-merkowitz@gvpt.umd.edu

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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