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From the Publisher“One of the really significant things about this work is howwidely Jasper ranges in his exploration of the spiritual meaning ofthe desert. He considers classic religious sources that havefocused their attention on the desert ideal... But he also exploresthe works of a range of artists, poets, writers, and filmmakers...The result is a playful, interdisciplinary rumination upon themyriad ways the desert has shaped and continues to shape —often by undermining expectations of meaning — the religionsimagination. Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above;general readers.”
"The Sacred Desert is a marvellous and truly integralconjunction of seemingly every dimension of that ultimate desertwhich is at once our deepest beginning and our deepest ending.Theological and poetic at once, and critical and historicalsimultaneously, it offers us a vicarious voyage into our mostultimate ground, a ground beyond God but nontheless embodying thetotality of the Godhead. If that Godhead is an absolutenothingness, it is a truly actual nothingness, and most actual forus in that desert which is here so powerfully and socomprehensively evoked." Thomas Altizer, Professor Emeritus ofReligious Studies at the State University of New York and StonyBrook
"The Sacred Desert provides a journey into the innermostcore of the self—where the soul stands alone before an unknownGod, who is both darkness and light. David Jasper has written amagnificent theological reflection on the depth of spiritualmeaning sought and found by desert pilgrims in literature, art,film, history, and sacred scripture. A tour de force!"
David Klemm, University of Iowa