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Religious Drama
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1. Origin

Without question, drama in its origins was religious. In classical Greece theaters were built within the leading sanctuaries because the performances were deemed religious events. Indeed it was its connection with pagan deities that led the church to be so hostile to the stage. According to Tertullian (d. ca. 225), “The entire apparatus of the shows is based upon idolatry” (De spec. 4), as well as promoting profligacy and immodesty. Not surprisingly, actors want…

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Davies, J. G., “Religious Drama”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.41>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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