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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


Reviews

"Like a topographical map of the Cascadian bioregion, Religion at the Edge: Nature, Spirituality, and Secularity in the Pacific Northwest sets out to chart the religious landscape of Cascadia, from Washington and Oregon in 'Cascadia South' to British Columbia in 'Cascadia North'. . . .Religion is far from dead in Cascadia. As we live here upon 'The Edge' of North America, there is a sense of possibility for what religious practice and community can look like for the diverse community of Cascadia."

Christ & Cascadia

“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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