10 minutes with … Mark Shibley

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(UNDATED) Is the godless Pacific Northwest suddenly finding a little old time religion? According to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey released earlier this year, Vermont has overtaken Oregon as the country’s most unchurched state, with 34 percent of Vermonters reporting no religious affiliation. In 2001, when the last ARIS study was conducted, Oregon was […]

  • The success of the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurial Evangelicals arises in large part by their articulate and innovative use of style. Mere statistics don’t reveal the aesthetic power of these churches’ worship, and the way faith in these settings is less a set of doctrinal claims than a vivid experience, instantiated through powerful music, preaching and attractive interior spaces.