By Corinne G. Dempsey

In Bringing the Sacred all the way down to Earth, Corinne Dempsey deals a comparative learn of Hindu and Christian, Indian and Euro/American earthbound non secular expressions. She argues that legit spiritual, political, and epistemological structures are inclined to deny sacred entry and expression to the final population, and are abstracted and disembodied in ways in which lead them to inappropriate to if now not neglectful of earthly realities. operating at go reasons with those platforms, getting to fabric wishes, conferring sacred entry to a much broader public, and imbuing land and our bodies with sacred which means and gear, are spiritual frameworks that includes folklore figures, democratizing theologies, newly sanctified land, and awesome human abilities.

Some students will see Dempsey's juxtapositions of Hindu and Christian spiritual dynamics, lots of which exist on contrary aspects of the globe, as a jump right into a disciplinary minefield. Many have argued for many years that comparability is an superseded, politically stricken method of the human sciences. extra lately competitors of this view, represented via progressively more faith students, are ''writing back'' in comparison's safety, announcing the advantages of a readjusted, conscientiously contextualized, new comparativism. yet, says Dempsey, the inestimable merits of the comparative strategy played during this e-book are disciplinary in addition to moral. As she demonstrates during this stimulating ebook, the method of comparability can make clear angles and lines in a different way obscured and practice the $64000 paintings of bridging human contingencies and belief throughout spiritual, cultural, and disciplinary divides.

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Knowing she was in complete misery, Mercy was surprised to find her smiling sweetly. When she asked Alphonsa how she could manage to smile, she replied, “God makes me so happy and helps me to smile through the pain. ” This answer touched Sr. Mercy so deeply that, as she put it, tears began to roll down her cheeks. Sr. Xavier, in her seventies when I spoke to her, entered the convent a decade after Alphonsa, who by that time was bedridden. She remembers looking up to Sr. Alphonsa and, like many others, would run to her for comfort during difficult times.

Z. Smith likens comparison to the creative process of translation, something he distinguishes from straightforward description. He approvingly describes translation/comparison as an endeavor that “can never be fully adequate, it can never be total. There is always discrepancy. If there is not, then one is not translating but rather speaking the other language” (2004: 31). 43 This page intentionally left blank ᇾ CHAPTER 1 The Suffering Indian Nun and the Wandering (Drunken) Irish Priest Orientalism and Celticism Unplugged T he suffering nun and the wandering priest of India and Ireland, respectively, have much in common.

3 Published selections of Alphonsa’s own writings often frame her suffering ( 28 ) Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth in this way. Reflecting a fondness for metaphors, Alphonsa identifies herself in one instance not just with Christ but with his physical presence in the sacraments: When the grains of wheat are ground and crushed, then the wheat flour is obtained that is baked and transformed into the host for the Holy Eucharist. Even so must we be ground and crushed and transformed by suffering like the host.

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