Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces

by Jon Pahl. Wipf and Stock, 2003.

Jon Pahl offers an engaging exploration of theology and its relation to sacred space in American culture. Pahl critiques the way American culture has assigned sacred meaning to places such as the shopping mall, Walt Disney World, and suburban neighborhoods. The author explores how Biblical metaphors for God – living waters, light of the world, rock of salvation—can connect people with a place of grace. Whether or not congregations are involved in building projects, this book provides an excellent basis for discussion for those wishing to reflect on theology and sacred space. (From SSGI Resource Booklet, Spring 2005.)