So where’s the Bible belt?

From Gallup:

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Tyler

    It’s really not the ‘Bible Belt,’ it’s more like the ‘secular tie clip.’

  • Ka

    Do Christians need to be evangelized again and again?

  • Tyler

    Correction: slightly secular tie clip.

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colón DeLay

    Looks like we Christians got…pants on the ground. Pants on the ground…looking like a fool with our pants on the ground. (Don’t belts normally go…um….higher?)

  • art

    It’s ironic that it’s almost exactly the Confederate States. My question is why, or are the two totally unrelated?

  • steve jung

    Didn’t a bunch of the evangelical organizations move to Colorado in the 80′s and 90′s? What happened?

  • Tom

    From CNNmoney.com 9/16/10
    The bottom 10 poorest states based on median household income: 1.)Mississippi $35,693 2.)Arkansas $37,987 3.)West Virginia $39,170 4.)Tennessee $40,034 5.)South Carolina $41,548 6.)Montana $41,587 7.)Kentucky $41,828 8.)Alabama $42,144 9.)North Carolina $42,337 10.)Louisiana $42,423

  • Dan Arnold

    Art (#5), it’s probably related; read Mark Noll’s The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. The theological justification of slavery was rooted in a particular hermeneutic.

    Steve (#6), yes they did and many still call Colorado Springs home as well as Littleton. If the map were at a county level, it might have a bright green spot for El Paso county although more likely even El Paso county would be average depending on how religiosity was defined. Just because we have a lot of religious organizations doesn’t mean the state became more religious, only perhaps a bit more polarized.

  • Robert A

    It would be intriguing to see a county by county map or also one that takes into account major population centers vs more rural locales.

    That said, the American church is getting ready to face a generation of hardship…get ready.

  • Percival

    Robert A,
    So right! A county map would be so much more interesting. I remember the shock from seeing such a map that shattered the red state/blue state myth. A county by county map of a state like CA would be especially interesting.

  • http://ingles.homeunix.net/ Ray Ingles

    Now what I’d love to see is the same map colored by county, and then a cartogram. (The ‘secular tie clip’ would be a lot bigger, for example…)

  • Joshua

    Ray, do you know any maps like the one you’re suggesting?

  • http://ingles.homeunix.net/ Ray Ingles

    Joshua – Nope. Given Gallup’s data – assuming they do counties – and some work and time, I could probably make one. There are programs to generate cartograms out there.

    You could get a decent idea what it would probably look like by checking out the second image here: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/

  • Todd Mayberry

    If you want to see something really interesting, do a web search for US maps that show the rates of (name any social problem) The map will usually correspond pretty closely with the bible-belt map (for example teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, divorce rates, poverty).


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