Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Christian" outlet store


Ocala is inundated with churches - the majority of which are Baptist of one stripe or another. There are many fundamentalist independent churches, too. All of which gives rise to the "need" for "Christian" outlets where more conservative Christians can purchase books, plaques, jewelry, pictures, Sunday School materials, and hymnals, etc., that are consistent with their theology. So far as I know, we have at least three Christian outlets or book stores in Ocala.



This is a view from the rear. And there's the website if you are interested in learning more about this enterprise.

20 comments:

Lee Spangler said...

I guess it's better than selling relics and indulgences...... In many countries there is such limited freedom of expression so it says something good about our open society , that it still perpetuates a principal tenet of our founding.

Don and Krise said...

There is a very similar store near us. My wife and I went there to get our daughter her first bible. There was a lot of good material geared for children.

magiceye said...

loved the blue of the sky in the 1st pic

Vogon Poet said...

I think here they won't survive: the unique vaguely religious shop is a bookshop of the Pauline nuns.

melanie said...

Ces églises sont agressives ! Heureusement, chez nous, elles sont plus respectueuses de la vie privée !

Cezar and Léia said...

hummm almost a commerce!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I wonder why there's such a high concentration of fundamental Christians in The South. Could it be that people with similar beliefs tend to flock together? Fascinating!

Leif Hagen said...

So that's a "Christian rear?"

richard said...

Saw the Pookie. Dont dive near a retriever :).

Lois said...

Love that magnificent blue sky in the first shot Jacob! We have a couple of these places here too.

Small City Scenes said...

Funny how the front of the store is more interesting than the back. Is this true of religions too? Is it all window dressing? MB

Jacob said...

Hi MB - Interesting observation.

Memphis MOJO said...

Nice shots -- excellent idea to include the shot from behind.

I think the photo is about enough information on this sort of stuff, so I'll be skipping the web site.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic captures !! Sky is looking great..Unseen Rajasthan

cieldequimper said...

Hmmmm. There is still one shop in Versailles -but then Versailles is quite a staunchly traditional Catholic city. But elsewhere... so rare!

Jacob said...

Hi Ciel - It is likely that Catholics would not find much to their liking in this store...generally speaking, Protestant fundamentalists don't consider Catholics to be real "Christians" because they haven't been born again.

Sean said...

Christian "outlet"... still trying to get my head around that...

Prospero said...

What a tangled web.

slim said...

Interesting post. Haven't seen any "outlets" in Quincy . . . though more storefront churches are showing up and they are mostly Fundamentalist.

julia said...

Pluralism reigns! Good studies made of the Anglican church- I would have expected it to be "Episcopalian" but I am not up with the topic.
Your dog is splendid, (i have no dog now,) my elderly sister, who recently passed away, had a glorious cream labrador - Linda 2. it has a serious weight problem which will be very bad news for its hips too.

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