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in the House of the Lord

Robert Wuthnow

in After Heaven

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780520213968
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924444 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520213968.003.0002
in the House of the Lord

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This chapter studies the role places of worship play in American spirituality. It considers the extent to which U.S. culture associates spirituality with the idea of inhabiting a space that has been sacralized. It then studies the Americans' attachment to sacred places and describes spiritual dwellings during the 1950s. It notes the way religious leaders made spirituality virtually equivalent to participating in the local congregation. This chapter also discusses the influence of social conditions on the Americans' desire to dwell with God, the limitations of spiritual homes, and the search for a sacred place.

Keywords: places of worship; sacred places; spiritual dwellings; religious leaders; local congregation; social conditions; limitations

Chapter.  14664 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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