The New Urban Era and the Religion Factor
This chapter offers definitions of key terms (urban, metropolis, city, religion, congregation, community), making the case that religion and cities have been undergoing interrelated restructurings in recent decades, and the further case that religion’s role in the ensemble of forces creating the new metropolitan context should be taken seriously. Two key questions are posed: How does the new American metropolis impact its congregations? How do congregations participate in the ensemble of forces creating the new American metropolis? The introduction also provides an overview of the book and previews two congregational case studies, one that exerts strong influence on its urban context, the other weak influence.
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