Landscapes of the Sacred: Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality (expanded edition)

Landscapes of the Sacred: Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality (expanded edition)

By: Belden C. Lane (author)Paperback

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This substantially expanded edition of Belden C. Lane's Landscapes of the Sacred includes a new introductory chapter that offers three new interpretive models for understanding American sacred space. Lane maintains his approach of interspersing shorter and more personal pieces among full-length essays that explore how Native American, early French and Spanish, Puritan New England, and Catholic Worker traditions has each expressed the connection between spirituality and place.A new section at the end of the book includes three chapters that address methodological issues in the study of spirituality, the symbol-making process of religious experience, and the tension between place and placelessness in Christian spirituality.

About Author

Belden C. Lane is the Hotfelder Distinguished Professor in the Humanities in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University.


Contents: Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition Introduction: Place and Meaning in American Spirituality Part 1: Place in American Religious Life Chapter 1: Axioms for the Study of Sacred Place Chapter 2: Giving Voice to the Place: Three Models for Understanding American Sacred Space Part 2: The Geography of American Spiritual Traditions Mythic Landscapes: The Ordinary as Mask for the Holy Chapter 3: Seeking a Sacred Center: Places and Themes in Native American Spirituality Mythic Landscapes: The Mountain That Was God Chapter 4: Baroque Spirituality in New Spain and New France Mythic Landscapes: The Desert Imagination of Edward Abbey Chapter 5: The Puritan Reading of the New England Landscape Mythic Landscapes: Galesville, Wisconsin: Locus Mirabilis Chapter 6: The Correspondence of Spiritual and Material Worlds in Shaker Spirituality Mythic Landscapes: Liminal Places in the Evangelical Revival Chapter 7: Precarity and Permanence: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Sense of Place Part 3: Method and Perspective in Studying American Spirituality and Place Chapter 8: The Ephemeral Character of Place: Problems in Articulating an American Sense of Sacred Space Chapter 9: Edwards and the Spider as Symbol: Reflections on Spirituality as an Academic Discipline Chapter 10: The Imagined Landscape: The Tension between Place and Placelessness in Christian Spirituality Notes

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  • ISBN13: 9780801868382
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780801868382
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0801868386
  • edition: expanded edition

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