By Louis P. Nelson
This quantity examines a various set of areas and structures visible during the lens of renowned perform and trust to make clear the complexities of sacred house in the US. individuals discover how commitment sermons rfile moving understandings of the assembly apartment in early 19th-century Connecticut; the alterations in evangelical church structure throughout the comparable century and what that tells us approximately evangelical non secular existence; the effect of latest matters on Catholic church structure; the influence of globalization at the building of conventional sacred areas; the city perform of Jewish house; nature worship and relevant Park in long island; the mezuzah and household sacred area; and, eventually, the religious facets of African American backyard artwork.
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Prelude to Bethesda Fountain, located on the lower level. 3 Looking around her, our nineteenth- century visitor would note the elaborate ﬂagpoles from which hung bright red gonfalons like those used in medieval ecclesiastical processions. Finally, across the lake and in the distance, Meyer’s attention would be drawn to the picturesque Belvedere, with its rusticated stone walls and turret looming on top of Vista Rock like a medieval fortress. This tour through a portion of Central Park highlights the religious and medieval foundations of both landscape and architectural elements throughout the entire park.
By the 1850s, the idea of a municipal park had become a potent politi- Nelson_AmerSanctuary 42 11/30/05 2:32 PM Page 42 Inscription cal issue. ” In fact, it was Downing who sounded a national alarm about the future of American society if its urban citizens had little access to nature. He urged politicians to “plant spacious parks in your cities, and unloose their gates as wide as the gate of morning to the whole people. ”11 Leo Marx, in his pioneering book The Machine in the Garden, traces this American preoccupation with nature and “the pastoral ideal” to the rise of an increasingly technological society.
5. Sweeney, “Meetinghouses, Town Houses, and Churches,” 60. 6. , 78. 7. , 1822), 23–24. 8. For discussion of religion’s relationship to the culture of sensibility at this time, see Gretchen T. : University Press of New England, 2003), Chapter 4. 9. : Russell Hubbard, 1816), 3. Reverend Austin claimed that the Old Testament “contains the best possible report, concerning the nature and properties of the God we worship . . ” 10. , 12. 11. , 23. 12. , 24. 13. Diodate Brockway, A Sermon, Delivered in Ellington, June 25, 1806 at the dedication of the New Meeting House in that place (Hartford: Lincoln & Gleason, 1807).
American Sanctuary: Understanding Sacred Spaces by Louis P. Nelson