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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (10 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520243064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520243064
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Sacred Gaze is of fundamental importance for the relations between images and religious belief, and is a major contribution to the burgeoning field of visual studies. Morgan's wide-ranging book moves from the contested status of images between cultures, to the history of current American attitudes towards them. A notable achievement." - David Freedberg, author of The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response"

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David Morgan is the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor in Christianity and the Arts, and Professor of Humanities and Art History in Christ College, Valparaiso University. He is author of several books, including Visual Piety (California, 1998) and Protestants and Pictures (1999), and coeditor with Sally M. Promey of The Visual Culture of American Religions (California, 2001).

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In a modern guidebook on living and dying, the Tibetan Buddhist master Sogyal Rinpoche identifies three methods of meditation that he has combined into a single practice for bringing body, speech, and mind into alignment in meditation-the use of an object such as an image, reciting a mantra, and concentration on breathing, called "watching the breath." Read the first page
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This is one of the books I have recently dicoveree. Morgan makes an outstandig proposal tostudy religion through visual and material culture, stepping aside from traditional religious studies based on theology. His book is centered in he notions of belief and embodiment of re,iguous, while in most recent books, Morgan moves away from the former to focus on the latter.
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Might not think of it much today,but the Scared Gaze lived with man from very beginning. 3 Mar. 2013
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Thank you for the Sacred gaze,one of a very few books about such a common practice.
Every once in a while some one will come along and shout out "hey I found your key,It is right here in your hand".
Made me realize how much this topic has been part of the human experience all along.Did sure stretch my horizon of understanding.
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DON'T BUY 14 Jun. 2014
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Hate this book. Not worth anyone's time. Wish I never bought this book. Want a refund! Such a waste of time.
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