Sacred Circles, Public Squares
The Multicentering of American Religion
Published by: Indiana University Press
This study of the religious landscape of Indianapolis—the summative volume of the Lilly Endowment's Project on Religion and Urban Culture conducted by the Polis Center at IUPUI—aims to understand religion's changing role in public life. The book examines the shaping of religious traditions by the changing city. It sheds light on issues such as social capital and faith-based welfare reform and explores the countervailing pressures of "decentering"—the creation of multiple (sub)urban centers—and civil religion's role in binding these centers into one metropolis.
Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture—David J. Bodenhamer and Arthur E. Farnsley II, editors
Preface and Acknowledgments
2. The Circle City on the Plains
3. Religious Civility, Civil Religion
4. Religious Traditions Diversified and Domesticated
5. Types and Tensions of Congregational Life
6. Back Home Again: Religion in the Neighborhoods
7. Conclusion: Religion and Urban Culture
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