A Theology for Cascadia: From None Zone to the Abundant Zone

Among sociologists, it has become conventional wisdom to label the Pacific Northwest – or “Cascadia” – as a “secularized” region, a religious desert – a spiritual “none zone.” I should know. I did it myself in this book. But, as a sociologist and a Christian, I have become increasingly convinced that these labels are, in many ways, deeply problematic As many of you know, more than 60 percent of Cascadia (roughly Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia) are religiously unaffiliated. Another 11 percent are Catholic, and 10 percent are some form of evangelical. The rest are a conglomeration of mainliners,...

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