At this time of year when much of the world is observing events steeped in ancient lore and enchantments, what can we say about the settings and places where we perceive something as sacred? What do we even mean by “sacred space?” What qualities must any space reflect to be deemed “sacred?” Who decides what those qualities are?
Years ago, “U.S. News & World Report” ran a lengthy cover story headlined, “Sacred Places.” Its rather exhaustive list of such places contained all the usual suspects, though it was dominated by buildings and monuments.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
The Golden Temple in India.
Stonehenge, Karnak in Egypt, the temple of Confucius, the entire city of Mecca.
Interestingly, there was little said about awe-inspiring natural settings—the Grand Canyon, Mt...Read More