Atlanta's Diverse Religious Landscape

July 27, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On July 27, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "the city has become home to some of the strongest, largest churches in America. The suburbs, home to some even older churches, have their own healthy congregations." Some examples include:

"Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Roswell Road is the largest mainline Presbyterian church in the country...Mount Paran Church of God for years has led its denomination in members and its pastor emeritus, the Rev. Paul Walker, is the general overseer of the Church of God...The once-small Jewish community now numbers about 100,000 with more than 12,000 families affiliated with metro synagogues. The area's two largest mosques, Masjid Al-Islam and Al Farooq, are planning new worship space to accommodate increasing crowds. The largest of North Georgia's Hindu temples is in the finishing stages near Riverdale. Buddhists meet throughout the area and Emory University has established a center for Tibetan Buddhism. Smaller religions are also establishing roots. The Jain community has land in Gwinnett County for a temple and a Zoroastrian study group and a Sikh Circle hold regular meetings."