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God and Enchantment of PlaceReclaiming Human Experience$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199271984.001.0001

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Sacrament and Enchantment

Sacrament and Enchantment

Reconceiving the Sacramental

(p.5) 1 Sacrament and Enchantment
God and Enchantment of Place

David Brown (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The first half of this chapter explores why the world is no longer seen as ‘enchanted’ or God-filled, and challenges whether religion in the West is not itself partly to blame for the disenchantment or secularisation of large areas of what once were regarded as the natural preserve and concern of religion. The religious element in the ancient Olympic Games is discussed, and set against Feng-shui and other forms of pseudo-religion in the modern world, to illustrate how different things once were. The second half of the chapter then argues that a return to the older notion of the sacramental could help with exploring such issues. The history of the word over the centuries is examined in some detail, including wider usages advocated elsewhere in twentieth-century thought.

Keywords:   sacramental, enchantment, sport, Olympic Games, gardens, Feng-shui

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