Oh, That’s Just Scary…

Hey, Google Maps, where can I find a nearby church?

(via Reddit)


[tags]atheist, atheism, Christian, churches[/tags]

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ hoverFrog

    Eek, it’s like one of those maps that shows the spread of an infection. “This is America after 6 days unless we stop this epidemic” Except it’s too late.

  • http://intrinsicallyknotted.wordpress.com Susan B.

    That’s it, I’m moving to Nevada.

  • http://ichthyologistbright.blogspot.com Laurie Soule

    Well, if you make the circles large enough, they cover a lot of ground, but personally I think there are actually far too few circles on that map. We would have 25 or 30 or more just in our town alone.

  • http://www.tuibguy.com Mike Haubrich, FCD

    Oh, Canada! Our home and native land…

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    Whats up with Mexico?

  • http://feveredintellect.blogspot.com Viggo the Carpathian

    check out my home town

    http://maps.google.com/maps/mm?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=32.879587,-80.050507&spn=0.499378,0.825348&z=10

    Note the Mosques and Synagogues, slightly out numbered there.

    There are roads around here where literally every other building is a church – and they all have mind numbing signs out front.

  • I like tea

    That’s it, I’m moving to Nevada.

    I think the lack of churches is more a matter of population density than religiosity or lack thereof.

  • http://www.rekounas.org rekounas

    Move to Ontario! Become a proud Canadian.

    God keep out land. Glorious and free…

    Hey, wait a minute! Why hasn’t this been removed from our anthem? I am not standing or singing the anthem anymore!

  • http://www.heathenz.com Kevin

    I have 4 churches on the 1 mile section of road that I live off of… it’s a little depressing.

  • Darryl

    I was shocked by the church density around Nashville–you couldn’t turn around without bumping into one.

  • David D.G.

    Oh, come on, Hemant. At that scale, you’re not looking at “nearby churches” — you’re looking at vast herds of them represented by each individual circle representing a given locality. You could just have asked Google for representations of cities and towns, and you’d have gotten exactly the same map.

    A better example of church population density (or whatever is the correct term here) would be created by looking at a map for a given city and seeing the individual church locations — how many there are overall, how they are grouped, and so on. That’s just not possible on the national-map scale. This national map is pretty much just reflecting general population centers and has no bearing on actual church population density; if there were only one church per town, the map would look exactly the same.

    ~David D.G.

  • http://www.juliaphotographs.com Julia

    Oh, come on, Hemant. At that scale, you’re not looking at “nearby churches” — you’re looking at vast herds of them….

    The idea of “herds” of churches replacing other types of “herds” which previously blanketed this land in much the same way is an intriguing argument to explore.

    A better example of church population density (or whatever is the correct term here) would be created by looking at a map for a given city and seeing the individual church locations….

    Perfectly clear explanations of an oversimplified observation have no place in the House of God, so you can take your truth and– OH! Wait! We actually like hearing the truth around here. Carry on ;)

    (Having a little fun!!)


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