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Mighty Fortresses: Explaining the Spatial Distribution of American Megachurches

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

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: [email protected] 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: [email protected] 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: [email protected] 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: [email protected]

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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