Berkman Luncheon Series
Mediated Congregation - Architecting The Crystal Cathedral
Erica Robles-Anderson, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Within the past thirty years the rise of a new style of worship, coined “megachurch”, has transformed the American religious landscape. Blending audio, visual, and communications technologies within postmodern architectures, megachurches radically re-imagine Christianity. These re-contextualizations of secular technologies carry particularly symbolic meaning; for believers, megachurches make visible God's hand at work in the conditions of 20th and 21st century mediated social life. They produce conditions for apprehending a Protestant ethic within the networked worldview.