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Religion at the Edge

Nature, Spirituality, and Secularity in the Pacific Northwest

A research-driven volume examining religion, spirituality, and irreligion in the Pacific Northwest.

The Cascadia bioregion—British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon—has long been at the forefront of cultural shifts occurring throughout North America, particularly regarding religious institutions, ideas, and practices. Religion at the Edge explores the rise of religious “nones,” the decline of mainstream Christian denominations, spiritual and environmental innovation, increasing religious pluralism, and the growth of smaller, more traditional faith groups in Cascadia. This volume is the first research-driven book to address religion, spirituality, and irreligion in the Pacific Northwest. Employing surveys, archival sources, interviews with faith and community leaders, and focus groups, contributors showcase a spectrum of adherents from Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i, new age, Indigenous, and irreligious communities.

296 pages | 2 maps, 5 figures, 6 tables | 6 x 9

Religion: Religion and Society


“This is an important volume not only to the literature on the Pacific Northwest, but to the question of religion and secularity in the North American context.”

Peter F. Beyer, University of Ottawa

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