A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses

A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses

S. Brent Plate


A top pupil explores the significance of actual items and sensory adventure within the perform of religion.
 
A background of faith in five½ Objects takes a clean and much-needed method of the examine of that contentious but very important sector of human tradition: faith. Arguing that faith needs to be understood within the first example as deriving from rudimentary human studies, from lived, embodied practices, S. Brent Plate asks us to place apart, for the instant, questions of trust and summary principles. in its place, starting with the desirous, incomplete human physique, he asks us to target 5 usual objects—stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread—with which we attach in our pursuit of spiritual which means and achievement. As Plate considers every one of those items, he explores how the world’s spiritual traditions have placed every one of them to varied makes use of during the millennia. faith, it seems, has as a lot to do with bodies as our ideals. even perhaps more.

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