Monday, March 06, 2006


Building vs. Discovering Sacred Space

A key concept in ancient Western and Near-Eastern culture was that certain spaces are sacred -- God is present (only) in certain places to be discovered by humans.

One of the concepts introduced in the Torah, beginning with Jacob "discovering" new sacred spaces that were not a priori sacred but whose sacredness was constructed by him to the description in last week's portion of the portable sacred space of the mishkan, is that we humans construct our own sacred spaces and times in which God may live.

What are the implications of this different way of thinking? In terms of religion? In terms of being more or less able to accept scientific thinking?

I've not yet wrapped my mind around it.

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