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A Spectacle Of Worship: Technology, Modernity And The Rise Of The Christian Megachurch

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The aim of this chapter is to explore the role of technology in shaping the practices of the Christian megachurch. It is generally known that institutions change in profound ways in tandem with broader socio-historical developments. The megachurch represents such a change in the configuration of religious identity and organization within evangelical Christianity. The chapter argues that the megachurch, even as it builds on the doctrinal revolutions of Protestantism, in fact represents not only an institutional but also a profound ideological break from Catholic and Protestant traditions concerning the role of religion in the social construction of the Christian subject. It explores the megachurches' use of technology in structuring religious experience as a spectacle, the implications of drawing large crowds to participate in collective performances of worship, and the socio-political ideologies that result in such performances.

Keywords: Christian Megachurch; evangelical Christianity



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