In this book David Brown seeks to recover the importance of areas of human experience that were once regarded as central to people's experience of God but have since become marginalized. The sociologist Max Weber spoke of the disenchantment of the world as the inevitable consequence of the modern tendency to view everything in terms of its value solely as an instrument towards some further goal, and in this modern Christians are often no better than their secular counterparts. Enchantment can, however, return, Brown suggests, if God being mediated through all of creation (human and divine) is once again valued in its own right. Here Brown examines how this might occur with respect to place in all its various forms: nature, landscape painting, architecture, town planning, maps, pilgrimage, gardens, and sports venues. The issue is explored over a great range of history and context. While the focus is mainly on Christianity, examples are also drawn from Hinduism, Islam, and the classical world.
`The book in general is strong on the phenomenolgy: good in its placing of styles in their socio-historical context, and often extremely successful at conveying the rationale behind some feature of an image or building.'
1: Sacrament and Enchantment: Re-conceiving the Sacramental
2: The Place of Encounter: Icons of Transcendence and Renaissance Immanence
3: The Natural World: Mediated Experience and Truth
4: Placement and Pilgrimage: Dislocation and Relocation
5: Competing Styles: Architectural Aims and Wider Setting
6: The Contemporary Context: House and Church as Mediators
7: Widening the Perspective: Mosque and Temple, Sport and Garden
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.2
Weight (kg): 0.69