Chapter

Religion

in Los Angeles in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268838
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948860 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268838.003.0005
Religion

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This chapter describes religious diversity in Los Angeles. The multiplicity and diversity of faiths that flourish in the aptly named City of the Angels probably cannot be duplicated in any other city on earth. With churches and meeting houses of all the major Christian denominations and many of the minor ones, with Jewish and non-Christian temples and shrines, Los Angeles is also the birthplace and headquarters of several of her own denominations. These include such denominations as Aimee Semple McPherson's International Foursquare Gospel Evangelism, the Church of the Nazarene, the Hebrew Evangelization Society, the Christian Fundamentals league, and others which have come into being here. This profusion of denominations is particularly striking in view of the fact that not only was Los Angeles founded on and by Catholicism, but that faith prevailed all through the Spanish and Mexican periods of the city's history when all beliefs except those of the Roman Catholic Church were discouraged.

Keywords: Los Angeles; religious diversity; faiths; Christians; Catholicism

Chapter.  2763 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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