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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

Lane's vast array of case studies and allusions in analyzed by a fertile imagination that bounces between ethnolography, iconography, phenomenology, and poetics. A joy to read, this richly footnoted study is mind-boggling in its provocative assertion of the deep mysteries of place-bound identities.

Religious Studies Review
This expanded edition of Lane's 1988 book benefits from over a decade of heightened scholarly interest in place and religion.

— Quincy D. Newell

Journal of Cultural Geography

Both scholar and pilgrim, Belden Lane provides us a remarkably informed, reflective, personal account of Americans' sense of sacred space.

Horizons
Lane offers an essay tour that is also a tour de force.

— Catherine L. Albanese

St. Anthony Messenger
Clearly written and grounded in far-ranging scholarship... Anyone interested in American history and, more specifically, with American spirituality will be deeply enriched by studying (not just reading) this brilliant text.

— Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, auxiliary bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin

Review for Religious
Read Belden Lane's book and you will encounter your own desire for that elusive sacred country where the ordinary world changes from the moment to the eternal, where opposites are reconciled and all things are drawn to the center in an irresistible confluence.

— Ruth M. Slickman

Weavings
[Lane] points to things I have quietly suspected, though never have been able to articulate... For a culture obsessed with time and time management, Lane's study is a quiet reminder of the formative effect of space.

— George R. Graham

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Landscapes of the Sacred is primarily a work in Christian spirituality, but it also ranges over religious traditions, literary landscapes, and personal experiences, illuminating a path to deeper understanding of the sacred meanings attached to places. This is no shallow synthesis. By constantly attending to concrete descriptions of places, and the tensions and contraductions that arise in the interpretation of sacred space, Lane provides direction for anyone seeking to understand this issue.

— Timothy Hessel-Robinson

Religious Studies Review - Quincy D. Newell

This expanded edition of Lane's 1988 book benefits from over a decade of heightened scholarly interest in place and religion.

Horizons - Catherine L. Albanese

Lane offers an essay tour that is also a tour de force.

St. Anthony Messenger - Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau

Clearly written and grounded in far-ranging scholarship... Anyone interested in American history and, more specifically, with American spirituality will be deeply enriched by studying (not just reading) this brilliant text.

Review for Religious - Ruth M. Slickman

Read Belden Lane's book and you will encounter your own desire for that elusive sacred country where the ordinary world changes from the moment to the eternal, where opposites are reconciled and all things are drawn to the center in an irresistible confluence.

Weavings - George R. Graham

[Lane] points to things I have quietly suspected, though never have been able to articulate... For a culture obsessed with time and time management, Lane's study is a quiet reminder of the formative effect of space.

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment - Timothy Hessel-Robinson

Landscapes of the Sacred is primarily a work in Christian spirituality, but it also ranges over religious traditions, literary landscapes, and personal experiences, illuminating a path to deeper understanding of the sacred meanings attached to places. This is no shallow synthesis. By constantly attending to concrete descriptions of places, and the tensions and contraductions that arise in the interpretation of sacred space, Lane provides direction for anyone seeking to understand this issue.

Choice

Lane's vast array of case studies and allusions in analyzed by a fertile imagination that bounces between ethnolography, iconography, phenomenology, and poetics. A joy to read, this richly footnoted study is mind-boggling in its provocative assertion of the deep mysteries of place-bound identities.

Catherine L. Albanese
Lane offers an essay tour that is also a tour de force.
Horizons
Robert F. Morneau
Clearly written and grounded in far-ranging scholarship . . . Anyone interested in American history and, more specifically, with American spirituality will be deeply enriched by studying (not just reading this brilliant text.
St. Anthony Messenger
Ruth M. Slickman
Read Belden Lane's book and you will encounter your own desire for that elusive sacred country where the ordinary world changes from the moment to the eternal, where opposites are reconciled and all things are drawn to the center in an irresistible confluence.
Review for Religious
George R. Graham
[Lane] points to things I have quietly suspected, though never have been able to articulate . . . For a culture obsessed with time and time management, Lane's study is a quiet reminder of the formative effect of space.
Weavings
Booknews
In this collection of scholarly essays and personal reflections, Lane (theology, Saint Louis U.) examines the connection between spirituality and place in the Native American, early French and Spanish, Puritan, Shaker, and Catholic Worker traditions. The expanded edition features a new introductory chapter that offers three new interpretive models for understanding American sacred space. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801868382
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: expanded edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 799,336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

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

Johns Hopkins University Press

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