By Robert A. Orsi
"Fascinating insights into glossy city non secular perform make Orsi's assortment a must-read." ―Publishers Weekly
"The essays supply perception into the cultural creativity, reinterpretation of worship and non secular ingenuity of urban humans over the past 50 years." ―Library Journal
"At final, an incredible dissection of the nice secret in glossy American
life―how faith and spirituality prospered amidst industrialization,
urbanization, and rampant technological switch after 1880!" ―Jon Butler, Yale University
"Urban faith" moves many as an oxymoron. How can faith thrive within the alienated, secular, fast paced, and materialistic global of the fashionable, Western urban? The authors during this assortment think that towns not just delivers the settings for spiritual expression, but additionally are fabric to the reviews which provide upward push to these non secular expressions. during this publication, they discover the rather city types of non secular adventure and perform that experience constructed when it comes to the areas, social stipulations, and heritage of yank cities.
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Many chose to leave their comfortable middle-class environs and actually move into the cities. Although evangelical societies and charity agencies had both sent representatives into working-class city neighborhoods, it was not until the turn of the century that living in city neighborhoods alongside the poor became a distinct form of moral witness, social responsibility, and civic education in England and the United States. " "The kingdom of God," Rauschenbusch wrote, "is . . 2009 03:00:43 page_27 < previous page page_27 next page > Page 27 involving the whole social life of man.
50 daily. Between 1910 and 1920, the black populations of northern cities rose dramatically, from 44,103 to 109,458 in Chicago; from 5,471 to 40,878 in Detroit; from 8,448 to 34,451 in Cleveland; from 91,709 to 152,467 in New York; and from 84,459 to 134,229 in Philadelphia. 32 A series of technological developments around the turn of the century forever changed the look and feel of the urban landscape. 2009 03:00:40 page_21 < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 across the brightly lit cityscapes.
30 Immigration and migration were largely responsible for this surge in the urban populationfrom southern and eastern Europe and Ireland, from the American South as the African American migration commenced, and after 1924, when federal legislation closed the nation's gates to foreign workers, from Mexico. 8 million came between 1900 and 1910. Most settled in the industrial cities of the North and Midwest. 2009 03:00:40 page_20 < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 cities were foreign-born.
Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape (Religion in North America) by Robert A. Orsi