Landscapes of the Sacred: Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality

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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.

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Not my favorite from Lane (that is Solace of Fierce Landscapes), but a very helpful approach to American spirituality of place, across religious traditions. It could be organized better.... But I have ... Read full review

Contents

Meaning and Place in American Spirituality
3
Place in American Religious Life
15
Giving Voice to Place Three Models
38
The Geography of American Spiritual Traditions
63
Seeking a Sacred Center Places and Themes
73
Baroque Spirituality in New Spain
100
The Desert Imagination
124
The Puritan Reading of
131
The Correspondence of Spiritual
160
Liminal Places in
180
Precarity and Permanence Dorothy Day and
189
Method and Perspective in Studying American
213
Edwards and the Spider as Symbol
229
The Imagined Landscape
238
Notes
256
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Locus Mirabilis
153

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About the author (2002)

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

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