Sacred Worlds: An Introduction to Geography and Religion

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FIGURES
1.1 Weather conditions in the western Mediterranean typical of St Paul’s voyage from Caesarea to Rome in 61-2 CE 13
1.2 An early geographical illustration of Islamic worship: pilgrims at the temple in Mecca 15
2.1 The distribution of secularisation within Europe in about 1980 49
3.1 The world distribution of major religions 63
3.2 The distribution of major religious groups in India in 1941 67
3.3 Geographic variation in religious practice in England in 1851 71
3.4 Distribution of Roman Catholics, Baptists and Methodists in England in 1851 72
3.5 Distribution of religious adherence in England and Wales in 1850 74
3.6 Religious regions in the United States 80
3.7 The distribution of major Christian denominations in the United States, 1982 82
3.8 The distribution of Bible Belt population in 1961 88
3.9 Sunday audience estimates for the five leading independent religious television programmes in the United States, 1973 90
4.1 The origin and dispersion of four major world religions 97
4.2 The diffusion of Christianity in Europe from the first century CE onwards 107
4.3 Diffusion of the Protestant Movement in Europe, circa 1570 113
4.4 Pattern of adoption of Lutheran preachers in ReformationEurope, 1518-30 115
4.5 Diffusion of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, 1895-1970 119
4.6 Distribution of Christian Science services in the United States in 1970 122
5.1 Distribution of Shaker communities within the United States, 1793-1980 137
5.2 Distribution of Roman Catholic adherence in Portugal in 1981 146
5.3 The Mormon culture region in the western United States 162

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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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