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Evangelical vs. LiberalThe Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest$
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James K. Wellman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.001.0001

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 Demographics, Culture, and Religion of the Pacific Northwest

 Demographics, Culture, and Religion of the Pacific Northwest

(p.39) 5 Demographics, Culture, and Religion of the Pacific Northwest
Evangelical vs. Liberal

James K. Wellman Jr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an overview of the social and religious demographics of the Pacific Northwest region, pointing out discontinuity with the rest of the nation, with only a little over thirty percent of Washington and Oregon affiliated with religious organizations, nearly half the national average. The overall cultural ethos of the region is a combination of more traditional political conservatives, who have maintained a natural resource economy, more recently joined by technology entrepreneurs expressing a libertarian ethic that rewards risk and new ideas. This mobile and transient group fits well with the entrepreneurial evangelicals, who focus on growth, create communities, and accommodate modern technology in their services and organizations.

Keywords:   demographics, unchurched, regional discontinuities, new economy, entrepreneurs, politics, growth, community, technology

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