"Religious history is incomplete if it ignores the sensing body, and the seemingly trivial things it confronts," argues S. Brent Plate in this month's Religion and Culture Web Forum. "Beginning with our incomplete half-body," Plate discusses "five types of objects that humans have engaged and put to use in highly symbolic, sacred ways: stones, crosses, incense, drums, and bread."
Read the invited response by:
An invited response is forthcoming from:
Lisa Bitel (University of Southern California).
**Plate's essay is adapted from his new book, A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses, which will be released this month by Beacon Press.
Please note that essays and responses are now available as pdfs only (requires the free Adobe Acrobat reader).
The Martin Marty Center's Religion and Culture Web Forum is an online forum for thought-provoking discussion on the relationship of scholarship in religion to culture and public life. Each month the Marty Center, the research arm of the University of Chicago Divinity School, invites a scholar of religion to comment on his or her own research in a way that "opens out" to themes, problems, and events in world cultures and contemporary life. Scholars from diverse fields of study are invited to offer responses to these commentaries.