American Sanctuary: Understanding Sacred Spaces

Louis P. Nelson
Indiana University Press, 14 mars 2006 - 296 pages
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This volume examines a diverse set of spaces and buildings seen through the lens of popular practice and belief to shed light on the complexities of sacred space in America. Contributors explore how dedication sermons document shifting understandings of the meetinghouse in early 19th-century Connecticut; the changes in evangelical church architecture during the same century and what that tells us about evangelical religious life; the impact of contemporary issues on Catholic church architecture; the impact of globalization on the construction of traditional sacred spaces; the urban practice of Jewish space; nature worship and Central Park in New York; the mezuzah and domestic sacred space; and, finally, the spiritual aspects of African American yard art.

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Table des matières

I Inscription
2 New England Orthodoxy and the Language of the Sacred
The Design of Sacred Space in New Yorks Central Park
4 The Urban Practice of Jewish Space
II Identity
Recent African American Yard Shows
The Sri Siva Vishnu and Murugan Temples in Metropolitan Washington DC
Anglican Constructions of the Sacred
American Judaism and Constructions of Domestic Sacred Space
Memorial Architecture and the Struggle for Meaning
IV Toward a Method
A Method for Focusing on Religious Meaning
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Challenges for Contemporary Catholic Church Architecture
III Instability

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Page 19 - Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant ; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer : their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar ; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
Page 18 - An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen : in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
Page 47 - For an Angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
Page 94 - Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1972); a more compact account is by Winthrop S.
Page 176 - Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the Omer." Then follows the count (in Hebrew), and below it the words : " May the Lord restore the worship of the temple speedily in our days,
Page 169 - Dalcho, An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina (Charleston, 1820), p. 78. The powers of the commissary in the American colonies did not include either ordination or confirmation.
Page 76 - On the Fringes of the City: Jewish Neighborhoods in Three Boroughs. In The Landscape of Modernity: Essays on New York City, 1900-1940, ed.
Page 26 - Thirty Important Cases, Resolved with Evidence of Scripture and Reason. Mostly by Several Pastors of Adjacent Churches, meeting in Cambridge.
Page 68 - Practically, what we most want is a simple, broad, open space of clean greensward, with sufficient play of surface and a sufficient number of trees about it to supply a variety of light and shade.

À propos de l'auteur (2006)

Louis P. Nelson is Assistant Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia. He is author of Pulpits, Piety, and Power: Anglican Architecture and Material Culture in Colonial South Carolina (forthcoming).

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