American Sanctuary

Understanding Sacred Spaces

Edited by Louis P. Nelson

Contributions by Paula A. Mohr, John Beardsley, Gretchen Buggeln, Paula M. Kane, Jeanne Halgren Kilde, Erika Meitner, Jeffrey F. Meyer and Joanne Punzo Waghorne

Published by: Indiana University Press

6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 47 b&w photos, 1 index

  • eBook
  • 9780253111968
  • Published: March 2006


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This volume examines a diverse set of spaces and buildings seen through the lens of popular practice and belief to shed light on the complexities of sacred space in America. Contributors explore how dedication sermons document shifting understandings of the meetinghouse in early 19th-century Connecticut; the changes in evangelical church architecture during the same century and what that tells us about evangelical religious life; the impact of contemporary issues on Catholic church architecture; the impact of globalization on the construction of traditional sacred spaces; the urban practice of Jewish space; nature worship and Central Park in New York; the mezuzah and domestic sacred space; and, finally, the spiritual aspects of African American yard art.