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The Postwar House of Worship

Jay M. Price

in Temples for a Modern God

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925957.003.0002
The Postwar House of Worship

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After World War II, American society undertook one of the largest building booms in its history, driven by demand for new and updated churches and synagogues to house the young families of the baby boom. The move to the suburbs meant that thousands of entirely new congregations had to be planted and constructed. Competition between and even within denominational families resulted in the construction of houses of worship (often, as it turned out, more than were needed) with the hope that each small mission congregation would eventually grow to become the neighborhood showcase. Religious construction became more complicated than ever with chapels, social spaces, and schools as much a part of the building program as the main worship area.

Keywords: suburb; postwar; baby boom; sunday school; chapel; Protestant-Catholic-Jew

Chapter.  12657 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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