Liturgical, sacramental, and historical, The Sacred Community is a masterful work of theological aesthetics. David Jasper draws upon a rich variety of texts and images from literature, art, and religious tradition to explore the liturgical community gathered around-and most fully constituted by-the moment of the Sanctus in the Eucharistic liturgy. From art and architecture to pilgrimage and politics Jasper places this community in the midst of the contemporary world.
“In The Sacred Community, Jasper demonstrates how the Christian community plays a significant role in God’s plan for human salvation. Both informative and contemplative, Jasper’s imagination is truly universal in its breadth, drawing from western and eastern traditions, philosophy, and the arts and sciences. He has a poet’s ear for language.”
— Thomas Scirghi, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University
“Intensely reflective and deeply moving. Ranging widely over the landscape of ancient and modern theology, literature, and history alike, this rich and rewarding work explores the grace of a self-emptying God and the gift of sacred community.”
— Roger Lundin, author of Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age
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