Chapter 20. Regions

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Philip L. Barlow Professor Chair

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch20

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Barlow, P. L. (2010) Regions, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch20

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Utah State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • regions;
  • religion, attaching readily to “place” - Abraham's “promised land”;
  • concept of “region,” study of American religion and a variegated past;
  • preachers and commentators on religion in American public life;
  • Religion and Personal Autonomy - The Third Disestablishment in America, an outstanding example;
  • Oxford's New Historical Atlas of Religion in America and Alta Mira's nine-volume Religion by Region series;
  • little sense of “Judeo-Christian” cultural hegemony - thriving amidst Pacific's astonishing diversity;
  • Catholicism, largest single denomination in Pacific Northwest - having half the proportion of adherents;
  • regions less diverse than the South - southern crossroads, approximating the Old Southwest, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri;
  • eight zones of Religion by Region - entry into geographic diversity of the United States


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Field Emerges

  • Recent Efforts

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography