Please forward this error screen to 174. Worshippers depart a 77777 service at the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in Garden Grove. Disclosure statement Richard Flory has received funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
University of Southern California — Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences provides funding as a member of The Conversation US. The Conversation UK receives funding from Hefce, Hefcw, SAGE, SFC, RCUK, The Nuffield Foundation, The Ogden Trust, The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Alliance for Useful Evidence, as well as sixty five university members. The popular view of California is of a liberal, godless region, a land of possibilities that is open to experimentation in all things. This is true even in an otherwise conventional field as religion, with perhaps the most illustrative example being that of the state’s megachurches.
Indeed, California has more megachurches than any other state: There are over 200 Protestant, theologically conservative churches with at least 2,000 weekly attenders. And while most are in major metropolitan areas, megachurches can be seen in the Inland Empire and the Central Valley, on up through Sacramento and as far north as Redding. Adapting church to culture Large churches have been around since the industrialization and urbanization of the U. But it was only in the the mid-20th century that megachurches became a phenomenon. Beyond their large size, which can range from the threshold 2,000 regular weekly attenders up to 25,000 to 50,000 attenders at U. While they are found in major cities across the U.