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"What a wonderful read! This collection introduces so many issues that each chapter could form the basis of a book club discussion on its own." - Anglican Messenger
'A thoughtful collection of essays'The Tablet, December 2007
'A thoughtful collection of essays' The Tablet, December 2007
Essay by Michelle P. Brown in The Daily Telegraph. Title mentioned.--Sanford Lakoff "The Daily Telegraph "
"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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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.Read more ›