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Landscapes of the Sacred

Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality

Belden C. Lane

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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...

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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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.

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

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

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

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.

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328
ISBN
9780801868382
Illustration Description
2 halftones, 8 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Introduction: Place and Meaning in American Spirituality
Part I: Place in American Religious Life
Chapter 1. Axioms for the Study of Sacred Place
Chapter 2. Giving

Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Introduction: Place and Meaning in American Spirituality
Part I: 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 II: 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 III: 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
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Belden C. Lane

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