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Making Sacred Place

John R. Dichtl

in Frontiers of Faith

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124865
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124865.003.0004
Making Sacred Place

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Priests served as a means of imposing custom and authority, and also they acted as a fulcrum at the center of Catholic-Protestant relations. Also, Catholicism's material manifestations served as media for contact between non-Catholics and Catholics. Church buildings and their corresponding decorations and religious objects were found to be representations of the continuity lines that kept the faithful grounded on tradition and on the hierarchy of Europe's authority. These also functioned as venues in which non-Catholics and Catholics could meet and converse. This chapter provides a description of how the Catholics were evidently attempting to recreate their world within a Protestant context through putting up several churches, widely distributing religious goods such as candles and statues, and claiming western ground.

Keywords: Catholicism; material manifestations; churches; religious goods; Protestant context

Chapter.  10433 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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