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GOT DEITIES? In emphasizing the importance of ritual in
religion, social scientists have long underplayed the role of
Gods, writes Rodney Stark, a professor of sociology and
comparative religion at the University of Washington.
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MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM: E. Gene Smith reproduces 1,300 years of
Tibetan Buddhism on the Web, one textual wonder at a time.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i39/39a04801.htm
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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the spring issue of "the Antioch Review":
Missing a sense of the holy in modern religion
In a time when politicians are wearing their religious beliefs
on their sleeves, a genuine sense of the holy seems harder to
find, says Joseph W. Goetz, a retired Roman Catholic priest and
a former professor of theology at Xavier University.
"The great themes of faith have been so whittled down and edited
for popular consumption that is it any wonder the pious
effusions of public figures have the resonance of a Hallmark
card?" asks Mr. Goetz.
The spaces in which we worship have also become bland and
"reminiscent of a mall food court," he says. He is not in favor
of a return to Gothic architecture, but he points to the beauty
of Shaker meeting houses as evidence that very simple spaces can
be designed with an eye toward evoking a sense of reverence.
Mr. Goetz also attributes the problem partly to a lack of
respect for others and a lack of knowledge about sacred stories.
"Perhaps," he suggests, "we have not so much abandoned the holy
as forgotten it."
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