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Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by Salty, May 17, 2009.
Scroll down to the bottom of the link and view the map.
The paragraph just before the map is startling
Verrrry startlingly erroneous:
Depends - do the Muslims disciple their convert like the Baptists do? That could be the difference.
Interesting stats, although I would question some of them.
How did this organization acquire the statistics in their survey of cities that to their knowledge have no "gospel preaching" churches (which to me would include other churches besides Baptist churches)?
This survey lists cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego CA as having no "gospel preaching" churches. I find that a little hard to believe.
Yes, it is also quite odd that 40% of the no-gospel-church cities listed are located in one state . . . South Dakota.
I kinda wondered about that too.
This organization doesn't elaborate on just how many people submitted information for this listing, nor where these people were located. Presumably many were from (or near) South Dakota.
BTW -- Apparently New York City doesn't have any "gospel preaching" churches either.
According to that map the south should have the greatest evangelical impact in the U.S.
It also lists the following cities in Kentucky...
...as having no gospel proclaiming church.
I am familiar with all 3 of those cities and they are flooded with gospel proclaiming churches.
The map might be interesting, but that website has a lot of pure bunk on it.
I think many are misreading the map. The colors are simply stating which religion has the most population. For example in Ky, some counties are mainly Church of Christ, and some are mainy Catholic (probally Louisville), otherwise most counties are predominately Baptist.
In post 6, ktn4eg said "This survey lists cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego CA as having no "gospel preaching" churches. I find that a little hard to believe."
Of course those cities have gospel preaching churches, but as in many large cities, most are Roman Catholic.
In Post 7 Jermone said "Yes, it is also quite odd that 40% of the no-gospel-church cities listed are located in one state . . . South Dakota"
In SD, many counties are Luthernan, not surprising as it was settled by Germans.
I have used this map and its derivatives many times in teaching American Christian or religious history. It is done by the Glenmary Fathers, a Roman Catholic research organization. Again, as one or two have pointed out, it shows only the predominant denomination in a county, and therefore cannot show the subtleties or variations. Another problem with it is that in some states counties are geographically very large, though with small populations, but the way the map is constructed you get a big blob of red or purple or whatever, and it looks as though there are a lot of Baptists or Episcopalians or whatever in that state. No, it only means that they predominate in that large county, but the actual population may be quite small.
But it does provide a visual impression. Yes, as time goes on and non-Christian groups grow, as inevitably they will via immigration if not conversion, we may see some colors change dramatically.
The "no-gospel-preaching" part is statistically worthless, in my opinion. It appears to depend on the reports sent in by pastors here and there, and thus reflects their own biases.
From the page...
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This is very messed up.. I know some good churches that are in the towns listed in WV.
I wonder what Gospel they want preached...
Just imagine not one in Los Angeles, California!