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Church Labyrinths: Questions and answers regarding the history, relevance,…
by Robert Ferre
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0977961230, Perfect Paperback)This book is intended to illustrate the clear and identifiable history of labyrinths within the Christian community. In some quarters there has been insecurity with regard to using labyrinths in churches, as labyrinths themselves date thousands of years before Christ and have been used in pagan, New Age, and non-religious ways. A parallel might be made with music, which also predates Christianity and is also used in many non-religious ways, yet still has an important place in Christian worship. Did Jesus ever walk a labyrinth? It's not impossible, as labyrinths did exist in that era in the Middle East. (It is certain, however, that Jesus never drove a car. So shouldn't cars be more controversial for churches than labyrinths?) Starting in the third century, the labyrinth was adopted and adapted for Christian use. In the process, the pattern was changed to incorporate specifically Christian meaning. The most evident use of labyrinths by churches was in the Middle Ages, when numerous Gothic cathedrals were constructed with labyrinths in their naves. Most people readily identify the circuitous labyrinth path as being like life, with its twists and turns. A further refinement of this symbolism is the labyrinth as a spiritual path. Labyrinths are essentially blank slates. They can be used in a context of generic spirituality, in a religious way, or simply for pleasure or amusement. The labyrinth is a tool. A hammer, for example, can be used to build a basilica or a brothel. The key lies not in the tool, but rather, in how it is used. The same is true for labyrinths, which are spiritual tools. This book elaborates on how to use labyrinths within a Chrsitian context. Modest in size with a stapled binding, it is written in question and answer format. The language throughout the book is appropriate to give to anyone within a church heirarchy who may be considering purchasing or using a labyrinth.
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