The reader of Belden Lane's fascinating study, Landscapes of the Sacred, cannot escape a sense of encountering, in one and the same moment, insights which are both highly original and yet somehow so inevitable that one wonders at not having thought of them before. It is an experience of wandering into new territory and recognizing it as home, which is precisely the experience the book is trying to describe. In that sense, this work is a medium which is its message.
Landscapes of the Sacred: Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality
Schneiders, Sandra Marie “Foreword.” To Landscapes of the Sacred: Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality. By Belden C. Lane. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988.