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Spaces for the Sacred

Place, Memory and Identity

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN-13: 9780334028208
Published: 01/03/2001
Product description
A sense of 'place' in relation to human identity preoccupies a wide range of writers from philosophers and anthropologists to architects and contemporary novelists. This preoccupation reflects a sense of rootlessness dislocation or displacement in Western cultures. Arguing that there is a significant connection between how we understand ourselves as human beings and the 'spaces for the sacred' which we encounter throughout the course of our lives. Philip Sheldrake brilliantly reveals the link between our rootedness in the places we inhabit and the construction of our personal and religious identities. He examines the sacred narratives which derive from both overtly religious sites such as cathedrals, and secular ones, like the Millennium Dorne and suggests how Christian theological and spiritual traditions may contribute creatively to current debates about 'place'. Based on the Hulsean Lectures delivered at the University of Cambridge in 2000, this book offers ideas and perspectives rather than a systematic thesis and is aimed at both academic and non specialist audiences.
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"highly original, erudite, and passionate work, which, in its 180 pages, causes you often to pause for breath before setting out down some unexpected route that turns out to offer new views on how faith has developed, and is expressed. (...) By the end, you know you have had a rich feast of reflection." DR Peter Selby, Bishop or Worcester, Church Times, 28 October 2005. "Pattison is offering an important thesis here. His approach is to see doctrine as conversation, and the task of exploring doctrine as participation in a living tradition. (...) I hope that it will be widely read so that we can have a richer mix of ways of doing doctrine today that often occurs." Clive Marsh, University of Nottingham, Epworth Review, April 2006."It holds some intriguing insights and prescriptions, and may benefit more discerning readers who want a sampling of modern trends in theology and philosophy". Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Spring 2007

Author Information

Philip Sheldrake

Philip Sheldrake is Vice-Principal and Academic Director of Sarum College, Salisbury, and Honorary Professor at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is the author of several books including Spirituality and History, and of many articles.

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