The Sacred Desert: Religion, Literature, Art and Culture
June 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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- Offers a fascinating and original reflection on the role of the desert in theology, history, literature, art and film
- Discusses figures as diverse as Jesus, the early Christian Desert Fathers, T.E. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wim Wenders, Bill Viola, and Jim Crace
- Makes connections across millennia of desert literature, stretching from the Bible - perhaps still the greatest of our desert texts - through to contemporary experiences of the desert
- Deepens the reader’s understanding of the desert as a real place, as an interior space, and as a textual site
- Concludes with comments on the recent conflicts in Iraq
- Written in a lively and engaging style, this is truly an original work of theology, and a captivating journey through the history of religion.