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Large churches have always existed in the history of the Christian church, from the early church in Antioch in the first century and its basilica, through the cathedrals of Europe, to Charles Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle in London (late 1800s) and Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angelus Temple in Los Angeles (early twentieth century). But advancements in amplification technology, architecture, and the advent of the automobile and its accompanying asphalt infrastructure have led to the proliferation of megachurches and their development a…

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Schuurman, Peter, “Megachurches”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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