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After HeavenSpirituality in America Since the 1950s$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520213968

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520213968.001.0001

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in the House of the Lord

in the House of the Lord

(p.19) CHAPTER Two in the House of the Lord
After Heaven

Robert Wuthnow

University of California Press

This chapter studies the role places of worship play in American spirituality. It considers the extent to which U.S. culture associates spirituality with the idea of inhabiting a space that has been sacralized. It then studies the Americans' attachment to sacred places and describes spiritual dwellings during the 1950s. It notes the way religious leaders made spirituality virtually equivalent to participating in the local congregation. This chapter also discusses the influence of social conditions on the Americans' desire to dwell with God, the limitations of spiritual homes, and the search for a sacred place.

Keywords:   places of worship, sacred places, spiritual dwellings, religious leaders, local congregation, social conditions, limitations

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