Scholarship on American Christianity and Suburbia


Earlier this week I was chatting with some Canadian religious historians about the field and one of them asked me if I knew of any good books about how churches moved from cities to suburbs following World War II.

As we brainstormed, we came up with:

James Hudnut-Beumler, Looking for God in the Suburbs: The Religion of the American Dream and its Critics, 1945-1965

Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right

Darren Dochuk, From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

What other books or articles would you add to this list?

3 thoughts on “Scholarship on American Christianity and Suburbia

  1. One might use this more as a primary source, but what about Gibson Winter’s “The Suburban Captivity of the Churches”? A fascinating study published while the movement was ongoing (1961 I believe).


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