Sacred Worlds: An Introduction to Geography and Religion

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TABLES
1.1 Summary of the contents of Géographie et religions by Deffontaines (1948) 17
1.2 Four models of historical change proposed by Gregory (1981) 23
1.3 The presuppositional hierarchy proposed by Harrison and Livingstone (1980) 27
2.1 Some definitions of religion 33
2.2 Definitions of some common belief systems 35
2.3 Estimated strengths of the major world religions, 1985 36
2.4 International variations in belief in God and in life after death 40
2.5 A profile of world Christianity in 1980 43
3.1 Summary of the global distribution of world religions in 1980 58
3.2 Distribution of the main world religions, by continent, in 1980 59
3.3 Relative and absolute strength of Christianity, by continent, based on estimates for mid-1985 61
3.4 Distribution of the main Christian sects, by continent, in 1980 62
3.5 Religious composition and change in India, 1901-81 68
3.6 Characteristics of some Hindu dominant castes in India, 1931 69
3.7 Summary of the 1851 Census of Religious Worship for England and Wales 70
3.8 United States church membership, 1970 77
3.9 Summary of United States church membership, 1952 to 1980 77
3.10 Religious regions within the United States 79
4.1 The spread of major religions around the world 94
4.2 Growth in the Christian population, 30-2000 CE 106
5.1 Changes in the relative strengths of the major world religions during the twentieth century 129
5.2 Changes in strength of the major world religions between 1970 and 1985 131
5.3 Changes in the strength of Christianity between 1970 and 1985 132
5.4 Changes in the strength of sects within major religions during the twentieth century 135

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Tables xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • 1 - Geography and Religion 1
  • 2 - Reflections on Religion 31
  • 3 - Distributions 56
  • 4 - Diffusion 93
  • 5 - Dynamics 128
  • 6 - Religion and Population 169
  • 7 - Religion and Landscape 197
  • 8 - Sacred Places and Pilgrimage 245
  • Epilogue 286
  • Bibliography 288
  • Index 313
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