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The secular Northwest : religion and irreligion in everyday postwar life

Author: Tina Marie Block
Publisher: Vancouver, BC ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The image of a rough frontier--where working men were tempted away from church on Sundays by more profane concerns--was perpetuated by postwar church leaders, who decried the decline of religious involvement on the west coast. The Secular Northwest debunks the myth of a godless frontier, revealing a Pacific Northwest that was serious about its secularity, consciously rejecting the trappings of organized religion  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Block, Tina Marie.
Secular Northwest.
(CaOONL)20159087074
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tina Marie Block
ISBN: 9780774831284 0774831286 9780774831291 0774831294
OCLC Number: 933273266
Description: xii, 231 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Constructing the secular Northwest : the view from the churches --
A "mounting tide of criticism" : the challenge to organized religion --
Class, gender, and religious involvement --
Belief and unbelief --
"The closest thing to me" : religion, irreligion, and the family --
"So much sin amid so much beauty" : secularity and regional identity --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Tina Block.

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This pioneering look at secularism in the postwar Pacific Northwest looks at how the region's non-religious inhabitants consciously rejected the trappings of organized religion and set out on their  Read more...

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