How the Other Half Worships
by Camilo Jose Vergara ’68 (Rutgers University Press)
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.