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Protest movement grows, Bronx Pastor willing to die to oppose city policy against churches meeting in public schools

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  Pastor Dimas Salaberrios is on his 19th day of a hunger strike against a city policy that will kick out over 60 churches and other religious groups from worshipping in public schools during the off-hours. His effort is one of many protests, prayer gatherings, and pastoral sit-ins organized during the last three weeks by […]

Did NYC come from Potbelly Hill?

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OP-ED: A common theory about New York City is that early in its history the city surged ahead of Boston and Philadelphia because, unlike those cities, New York was always more rooted in commercial materialism. Boston was the Puritan “City of God on the Hill,” Philadelphia was the Quaker ”City of Brotherly Love” and NYC […]

Part 12: The Making of the Postsecular City. The global impact

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People in Mali, Africa wear “I love NYC” t-shirts to proclaim their mindset of hope and ambition. They are envious of their fellow Malieans who worked in New York City and now can proclaim on their t-shirts, “I’m from NYC”–love requited being so much more satisfying and exciting. You can think of New York City […]

Part 6: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals’ comeback in 1978

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In 1978 the number of evangelical church plants jumped to three times greater than the average number planted per year for the previous decades. Since then, the number of successful evangelical church plants has averaged 1.7% per year. By 2000 the church planting ratio translated into 80-100 evangelical churches and ministries planted per year. 50% […]

Part 5: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals and the City’s comeback

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However, at its lowest point the city opted to rehabilitate itself. Often, outsiders played pivotal roles. On November 20, 1976 Rupert Murdoch bought and reinvented a failing New York Post while promoting the retirement of the pathetic Mayor Abe Beame in favor of Ed Koch. During the new mayor’s tenure, author Jonathan Mahler recalls, “The […]

Part 4: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals and the religious context of 1975

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There was not much happiness among the major religions of the city either. In City Center Manhattan the evangelical and liberal Protestants, Catholics and Jews were all in a depleted state. If Tammy had read The New York Times in August before she moved to the city, she would have discovered the dismal news from […]

Part 3: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals and NYC around 1975

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Because of the tremendous troubles that beset New York in the 1970s, many evangelicals, Jews and others started to resurrect the old eponym for the city, “Sodom and Gomorrah.” In The City’s End. Two centuries of fantasies, fears and premonitions of New York’s destruction Max Page said that popular culture provided a staccato of doom-beats […]

Part 2: The Making of the Postsecular City. 20th Century decline of evangelicals in NYC

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The decline of the evangelicals is peculiar to a fifty year period within the city’s almost four hundred year history. The religious decline was bracketed by a predominance of evangelicalism in the 19th and early 20th Century and its revival starting in the 1970s. The periods of evangelical effervescence were marked by massive immigration, migration […]

The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals, Part 1

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On November 11th Tammy Wong attended a brand new evangelical church, Hillsong NYC, in Manhattan, one of over 200 evangelical churches in the lower and middle of the island. The co-pastors Carl and Laura Lentz were trained at Hillsong, a charismatic church in Australia famous for its music and worldwide outreach. Co-pastor Joel Houston is […]

Mayor Bloomberg on the “Mosque Controversy,” Part II

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At the beginning of August New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made perhaps his most emotionally stirring speech on whom we are as a city. He ended with the ringing observation, “Political controversies come and go, but our values and traditions endure — and there is no neighborhood in this City that is off limits to […]

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