No Home Like Place, by Leonard Hjalmarson

January 28, 2015

The biblical story is in part one of displacement, exile, and pilgrimage. But there must be a settled location from which to be displaced and from which to go on pilgrimage. Biblical faith is, after all, incarnational: Jesus came to a specific place and time. Though sent out to the world, the apostles went to particular places like Antioch, Corinth, and Rome. Hjalmarson asks questions about the sacredness of space, sacraments as a means of bridging the gap between the universal and the particular, and the role of architecture, art, and the building of cities in creating space. A theological understanding of place suggests an ethic, an ecology, and even a mission for the church.