Jay M. Price

in Temples for a Modern God

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980482 | DOI:

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Like the organized religion that inspired them, religious structures erected after World War II were the products of a particular time and place. When society changed, those structures no longer connected. When baby boomers sought a “spirituality” based in personal experience instead of a “religious” way of life rooted in traditions enlivened with the occasional potluck dinner, these structures began to seem like anachronisms. By the 1970s, a new form of sacred space, oriented to Evangelical worship, began to emerge, sometimes representing strikingly new approaches to religious construction and sometimes, adapting and reframing concepts that originated years earlier. The structures that came about in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s now have to function in a religious context very different from the one that created them, but a context that, in odd ways, mirrors the ideals and themes that came to the fore in the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Keywords: Evangelicalism; megachurch; Duncan Stroik; seeker-friendly; baby boom; Judeo-Christian

Chapter.  5842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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