Where did utilization of the “church pew” orginate and why?

Question by MPD of yack: Where did utilization of the “church pew” orginate and why?
They are very uncomfortable and costly. Wouldn’t it be better and more homey if everyone sat on bean bag chairs?

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Answer by U.P.
I’m pretty sure those pews were designed by the spanish inquisition as a torture device… lol

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