The key wager of Traversing the Heart - Journeys of the Inter-religious Imagination is that a spiritual imaginary operating at the level of metaphor, narrative, symbol and epiphany can traverse the borders of dogma and ideology and open genuine conversations between wisdom traditions. Like every hermeneutics of the heart, this journey begins to unfold in a concrete space and time: the interreligious conference at Bangalore in June 2007. While this collection does not claim to cover the religious traditions of all continents, its concluding essay on transculturation in Andean-Christian art highlights the importance of the North-South dialogue as a necessary supplement to the East-West one largely addressed in the book. As a call to future journeys and dialogue, this volume aims to communicate the one seminal lesson learned during the India conference: that in our third millennium, religions will be inter-religious or they will not be at peace.
Traversing the Heart
Edited by Michelle A. Erhardt and Amy M. Morris
Mary Magdalene, Iconographic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Baroque examines the iconographic inventions in Magdalene imagery and the contextual factors that shaped her representation in visual art from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.
By Joseph Sterrett
Repeatedly Shakespeare dramatizes one who prays when no one is listening, interested, or even there. This study reads the scenario parallel to early modern anxieties surrounding prayer itself, suggesting a vision of religious syncretism Shakespeare imagines for his world.
by Pamela Berger
"The Crescent on the Temple" elucidates how the Dome of the Rock came to stand for the Temple of Solomon in Christian, Muslim, and Jewish art. That “Temple,” represented as the Muslim shrine, is often surmounted by a crescent.
Edited by Joseph Sterrett and Peter Thomas
Essentially interdisciplinary, this innovative collection of essays - religious case-histories of many kinds from three eras, - explores in depth the dynamic interaction of sacred text and sacred space, forming and reforming through time, to shape and voice one another.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach and based on yet-unexplored sources, this book offers a new synthesis of the theory and works of the Dutch monk and architect Dom Hans van der Laan from the perspective of the interrelationship between liturgy and architecture.
Freek L. Bakker, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
This book analyses the most important depictions in film of Jesus, Rama, Buddha and Muhammad and the religious and cultural background to portraying individuals who disclose the divine. It also addresses the reactions of religious leaders to these films.
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