James Wellman Jr., Katie Corcoran and Kate Stockly
High on God
How Megachurches Won the Heart of America
Oxford UP, 2020
Megachurches infuse American culture and politics while providing much needed social connections.
Prolific religion author and professor James Wellman Jr., and academics Katie Corcoran and Kate Stockly, all from Washington University, examined 12 American megachurches and interviewed church members. They found that even though a few charismatic church leaders have made negative headlines, most megachurches provide a warm, supportive environment. The authors report that the churches’ theatrical shows full of sound, light and energy generate an anchoring emotional impact. They explore both theology and sociology to paint an intriguing portrait which may surprise skeptics.
About the Authors
James K. Wellman Jr. chairs the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington where Katie Corcoran is an assistant professor of sociology and Kate J. Stockly is a candidate for a PhD in religion. Wellman also wrote Evangelical vs. Liberal, Rob Bell and a New American Christianity and Belief and Bloodshed, among other titles.
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