Sacred Spaces - A

Samuel Avery-Quinn
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 9:30-10:45 am
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From the Upper Paleolithic (17,000 years ago) caves of Lascaux in southern France, to 4,000 year old Minoan peak sanctuaries on the island of Crete, to the cathedral of Notre Dame, to rural camp meeting revivals in the hills of North Carolina, to cinder block Pentecostal churches on the coast of Ghana, to the design of an Islamic Community Center in Lower Manhattan, humans have sought the ”Divine” in a great variety of spaces. This seminar explores how human have, through ritual, transformed profane space into sacred space. Beginning with discussions of nature of consciousness and our neurological capacity for so-called “religious experiences,” we explore ways ritual creates meaningful spaces for worship and encounter of the “Other.”

Bearing these insights, our course moves through three in-depth explorations of the intersection of space, ritual and spirit – the creation of Islamic space in both historical and contemporary contexts, debates over the relationship between church architecture and modern liturgical reforms in the Roman Catholic tradition, and, finally, how Americans from the Second Great Awakening to Billy Graham have turned to nature and the American landscape as sacred space. This course is a reading and discussion centered course.

Note of possible expense: Students will have the option of taking a weekend long course retreat in April.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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