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Religion and Community in the New Urban America$
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Paul D. Numrich and Elfriede Wedam

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199386840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199386840.001.0001

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Congregations and Change

Congregations and Change

Interpreting Religion’s Significance in the New Metropolis

(p.255) 8 Congregations and Change
Religion and Community in the New Urban America

Paul D. Numrich

Elfriede Wedam

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 examines the need for community in the new urban era and the distinctively religious form of community offered by congregations. The chapter also discusses the continuum of congregational urban impact (weak to moderate to strong) based on variables of spatial type, congregational traits, and congregational action, and makes a reasonable case for why urban scholars and other urban observers should pay attention to religion’s role in the new metropolis, along with political, economic, social, racial/ethnic, and other factors. Like these others, religion exerts an ambivalent influence on cities, sometimes to the betterment, sometimes to the detriment of urban life.

Keywords:   community, congregation, urban impact, religion, metropolis, new urban era

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