Religious Questions: Why do we sit in pews? | Chattanooga Times Free Press

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If you think the bench is uncomfortable, thank you for at least something. Until the Middle Ages, church members had to stand for this service. According to one scholar, this practice has a theological background.

. Faith is designed to be a positive behavior, church Christians learn to stand in front of their masters instead of sitting like listeners.

A person sitting in a seat brings his own seat, although the tradition of long service is not common.


The feudal system at that time penetrated into the realm of religion. The rich who paid to buy church buildings have an important place in the church and can sit down and give these seats to the children.

Families can also rent places in churches, and the poor must stand up. After the Reformation in the 16th century, this custom continued to exist, and as the Protestant church would serve longer and longer, the demand for Pew also increased. Allegedly, it has become common to pay to rent a house in a place where other people can see you, especially in the Anglican church.

At some point, the use of paying for a place in the church became out of date, so much so that the clergy instructed the church not to raise the benches as high as necessary so that others could see what was going on in the church. Fowler wrote that people were putting on rings, curtains and locks, and placing cushions in the church.

It is said that the original benches were designed to be suitable for mixed-race children.

The long, bench-like design accommodates the entire family, who will come to the church together, and may linger as a tradition. With the popularity of benches, the design of the ends (such as carved wood or painted pictures) has become more refined.

Nowadays, the new church often chooses to stay away from the seats and sit down with upholstered stackable chairs. This has opened up church space for purposes other than church services.

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