Journal Article

Placing the Sacred: Transcendence and the City

Philip Sheldrake

in Literature and Theology

Volume 21, issue 3, pages 243-258
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frm023
Placing the Sacred: Transcendence and the City

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What do we mean by the sacred? Classical polarisations between the sacred and the secular are open to question and impact strongly on how we conceptualise and materialise ‘sacred space’. This essay specifically relates thinking about sacred space to the meaning and future of cities. It explores classic Christian understandings of urban sacred spaces as well as of the city itself as sacred. It then contrasts the thinking of Michel de Certeau and Le Corbusier concerning Modernist urban planning, and finally explores key ideas regarding the sacred in relation to contemporary architecture and urban values.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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