Widening the Perspective

David Brown

in God and Enchantment of Place

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271986
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602801 | DOI:
Widening the Perspective

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Although earlier chapters had occasional examples from a non-Christian context, here deeper presumptions are made explicit - that the generosity of God means that the divine is experienced through the material much more widely. Hindu temples and Muslim mosques are examined and sympathetic treatment is argued for both. The mediatorial character of gardens is conspicuous in Islam’s Paradise gardens and in Zen rock gardens. If modern sport might initially seem at the opposite extreme to the attitude evinced in the ancient Olympic Games, it is suggested otherwise by the exploration here of the use of sport as a religious metaphor in the modern cinema. The aim is not to suggest complete compatibility with Christianity in all such cases, but rather the importance of acknowledging that experience of God is to be found much more widely than any particular religion.

Keywords: gardens; sport; film; Hinduism; Islam; Zen; mosques; religious architecture

Chapter.  23713 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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