An Unusually Thoughtful Podcast: Presbycast On When Church Became Theatre

The Presbycast is one of my favorite podcasts and Harrison Perkins, a regular contributor to the Heidelblog, is one of my favorite writers and, in this episode, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, the two come together:

They are discussing Jeanne Halgren Kilde’s book, When Church Became Theatre: The Transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). Harrison and Brad Isbell discuss the thesis of the book, that the spaces in which evangelical churches gathered for worship were gradually transformed from the older, traditional spaces into spaces that increasingly resembled those used for entertainment. This book and the Presbycast episode is not for devotees of the fine points of church architecture. It is really a discussion of the relationship of Christ and culture. For more on this see the resources below.

Here is the episode.


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