Monday, January 28, 2008

Talkin' bout my denomination. Denomination, baby...

With ten minutes until the outage, let me present what I think is the future of regional comprehension:
Denominational Maps by County.

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Click here for original, larger view, explanation and interpretation.

The colors each stand for the largest denomination in each county. Counties with more than 50% of the population belonging to a specific denomination are marked with a plus (notice Utah area, Southern Texas, Northern Texas and several areas around the South, as well as Garrison Keillor Lutheran land)

One of the things I find intriguing is the deep red aerial view of the Bible Belt.

My area (larger investors in Notre Dame football than in the local college teams, by the way) is largely Catholic. No surprise, even in the home and hub of the megachurch. What of yours?

h/t to MarkO


  1. Of course I'm right smack-dab in the midst of Southern Baptist country... but I didn't need a snazzy map to tell me that!

    No, what astounds me is that many of the good United Methodist folk in SBC land adopt a theology much more akin to a Baptist understanding than that of Father Wesley's...

    Personally, I don't think it matters much. I am so sick of denominationalism in general that I guess I just don't care any more.

  2. actually, i think a lot of Catholic churches (esp the English speaking ones) in the US have adopted protestant - and specifically old school Lutheran and some Baptist tendencies.

    personally, i'm from a non-denominational church. we would've labeled ourselves Christians. and now that i'm a member (newly-minted) of a Covenant church, it's kind of weird hearing so much about our denomination (esp. since we joined it partially b/c we thought it was a uniting church - in the sense that it didn't seem to care for these types of labels and distinctions) w/in the church confines.


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