How the Other Half Worships

by Camilo Jose Vergara ’68 (Rutgers University Press)

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This oversized collection of color photographs of 300 churches across America and the people who worship at them presents a trenchant interpretation of Christianity in the nation’s blighted inner cities.

The author/photographer, a renowned photographer and sociologist and a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, mixes quotes from congregation members and church officials with his own analysis, providing a rich tapestry of the lived life of the religious poor. “My role is that or a relentless recorder of things seen and heard,” Vergara says.

(January 2006)