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Sacrament and Enchantment

David Brown

in God and Enchantment of Place

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271986
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602801 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271984.003.0002
Sacrament and Enchantment

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The first half of this chapter explores why the world is no longer seen as ‘enchanted’ or God-filled, and challenges whether religion in the West is not itself partly to blame for the disenchantment or secularisation of large areas of what once were regarded as the natural preserve and concern of religion. The religious element in the ancient Olympic Games is discussed, and set against Feng-shui and other forms of pseudo-religion in the modern world, to illustrate how different things once were. The second half of the chapter then argues that a return to the older notion of the sacramental could help with exploring such issues. The history of the word over the centuries is examined in some detail, including wider usages advocated elsewhere in twentieth-century thought.

Keywords: sacramental; enchantment; sport; Olympic Games; gardens; Feng-shui

Chapter.  13562 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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