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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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Widening the Perspective

Widening the Perspective

Mosque and Temple, Sport and Garden

(p.350) 7 Widening the Perspective
God and Enchantment of Place

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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

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