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The Urban PulpitNew York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism$
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Matthew Bowman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977604.001.0001

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The Word Made Stone

The Word Made Stone

Church Building in 1880s New York

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The Urban Pulpit

Matthew Bowman

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how two church buildings in the 1880s enacted divergent strategies to preach what one minister called “sermons in stone.” The chapter examines some halting attempts to conceive of the Word as something more than language, and points out some ways evangelicals began to speak of their churchbuilding, their revival organizations, and their presence on the city’s geographical landscape as itself a form of preaching, a way to seize public attention and direct it toward the message of the gospel.

Keywords:   Churchbuilding, Architecture, Romanticism, Gothic

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