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Download e-book for iPad: Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and by Timothy Beal

By Timothy Beal

ISBN-10: 0807010634

ISBN-13: 9780807010631

In the summertime of 2002, Timothy okay. Beal loaded his relatives right into a twenty-nine-foot-long motor domestic and hit the agricultural highways of the USA looking for roadside spiritual attractions-sites just like the World's biggest Ten Commandments and beneficial Moments Chapel. Roadside faith tells of his makes an attempt to appreciate the which means of those areas as expressions of non secular mind's eye and event, and to come across religion in all its amazing absurdity.

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It’s the most famous part of Holy Land Experience. Is it gonna be on time? ” “Well sir,” the cashier explained, “they can’t do the Crucifixion outside today on account of the lightning. He can’t get on that cross way up high like that in this weather. It’s too dangerous. He could get electrocuted. ” She pointed across the gift shop display area to the double doors that opened onto a high-school-size 49 Roadside Religion auditorium, now empty except for a stagehand wrapping up microphone cords. ” “Yeah, we saw that.

She and her fellow traveler had been talking about their church group’s long bus ride that morning, during which they had lost track of how far they’d come. ” the woman asked her friend, scowling in confusion. Another woman a few rows ahead looked back over her shoulder and repeated with a smile, “Jerusalem. ” Several other women nodded. “That’s right. ” Re-creating the Sacred There is a deep desire within many of us to inhabit our sacred stories, to re-create sacred space and time in the here and now and to live into it with all our heart, mind, and strength.

Like any good shepherd, Mike knew them by name. As we continued north on the Jericho Road leg of Journey Trail, along the Jordan River valley, Mike added a little drama to the experience. Reminding us of the Good Samaritan story, he pointed out that such roads in ancient times were prime locations for robbers, who would ambush vulnerable travelers. “But I don’t think we need to worry today. ” Everyone chuckled along with him, clearly enjoying the ride and happy to participate in the virtual experience.

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