Postscript: City of the Homeless

George Pattison

in Thinking about God in an Age of Technology

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279777
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603464 | DOI:
Postscript: City of the Homeless

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The modern city is often seen as a massive instantiation of the principle of enframing, as ‘the city spectacular’ or ‘a container for spectacles’. But can there be holy places, sacred space, beyond the reach of enframing in such cities? Heidegger spoke of the graveyard as a place of remembrance within the flux of planetary homelessness, but even the traditional graveyard has been overtaken by contemporary practices for disposing of bodies. If one’s transience is accepted, in spatial and temporal terms, the city can still give scope for another view of ourselves and, as in Edwin Muir’s eponymous poem, become a place of transfiguration.

Keywords: city; spectacular; space; Heidegger; graveyard; homelessness; Muir; transfiguration

Chapter.  7709 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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