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Sacred Space: House of God, Gate of Heaven [Paperback]

Philip North , John North
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22 May 2007
The most enduring monuments surviving from the long history of mankind are those erected under the religious compulsion for the worship of God and the well being of the dead in some future existence. Such religious edifices have withstood natural decay and the misfortunes of war and conquest to be an impressive witness to the nature of man as worshipper. The term sacred space has been hijacked by yoga teachers, therapists and the unconventional to suit their own ends. In this book the approach is more orthodox and is Christian. Inspired by Walsingham (which is itself a sacred space) the authors here describe a new theology of sacred space - not just in relation to buildings but symbolically in terms the body the mind and the soul. One of the most original contributions from the Anglo Saxon scholar Michelle Brown who writes about the page as sacred space in the light of her studies of the Lindisfarne Gospels. This is an enlivening and provocative book which will touch on the concerns and passions of many people.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (22 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826494773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826494771
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Clear and accessible, while retaining sophisticated and demanding ideas and arguments." Rural Theology, Volume 6.2--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Philip North is Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (Anglican) Timothy Radcliffe was until recently Master of The Dominican Order. He lives in Oxford. Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity in the University of Cambridge and President of Magdalene College. His published books are few but always command very wide attention.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Set apart 24 April 2008
Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the revival of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, the book's exploration of the meaning of sacred space in all its connotations, written from across the spectrum of Christian orthodoxy (and beyond) should have a wider appeal.

The introductory remarks of a collection can be crucial in understanding the way in which the separate contributions should be understood to form a developing narrative. Sadly little guidance is forthcoming here, and in consequence each essay sits alongside its neighbours with little synergy.

Places may be considered holy for a variety of reasons, not all well explored here. Indeed all of the authors share a common view of sacred space being that space set aside for the purpose of being sacred, though for some this is literal (buildings, liturgy) for others metaphorical (illuminated texts, literature) or archetypal (Mary as bearer of the divine).

No serious consideration is given to the idea that all of life is sacred, and that therefore there can and should be no idea of thinking of some spaces as mundane and others holy. Similarly, the idea that places might be sacred because God is somehow more present in them (permanently or intermittently) or more accessible from them, including the Hebrew tradition of marking places where God had been specially encountered, is not discussed.

Jeremy Sheehy's `Sacred Space and the Incarnation' seeks to argue that because the Incarnation occurred at a particular time in a particular place, therefore it must be appropriate for Christians to have a theology of sacred space. Although one senses that the author understands the argument he wishes to advance it is not satisfactorily expressed here.
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