Re-enchanting the World: The Possibility of Materially-Mediated Religious Experience

Mark Wynn

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI:
Re-enchanting the World: The Possibility of Materially-Mediated Religious Experience

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Following David Brown's treatment of the question, this chapter considers the nature of materially mediated religious experience. It addresses these themes: material forms can bear a religious import directly, in virtue of their sensory qualities and histories, and not only in so far as they require to be explained by the divine considered as an efficient cause; the kind of religious insight that is communicated in the experience of a set of material forms may not be readily available otherwise; and lastly, this is not least because, in some cases, this insight is apprehended in the responses of the body, and does not simply recapitulate some idea which has been formulated primordially in a more discursive mode. These ideas are explored by considering the phenomenology of sacred space, the aesthetics of architecture, and the intrinsic intentionality of emotional feelings.

Keywords: David Brown; religious experience; aesthetics; architecture; emotional feelings; sacred space

Chapter.  6214 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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