By Robert A. Orsi
Between Heaven and Earth explores the relationships males, ladies, and youngsters have shaped with the Virgin Mary and the saints in twentieth-century American Catholic historical past, and displays, extra commonly, on how humans dwell within the corporation of sacred figures and the way those relationships form the binds among humans in the world. during this boldly argued and wonderfully written ebook, Robert Orsi additionally considers how students of faith occupy the floor in among trust and research, religion and scholarship.
Orsi infuses his research with an autobiographical voice steeped in his personal Italian-American Catholic background--from the devotion of his uncle Sal, who had cerebral palsy, to a "crippled saint," Margaret of Castello; to the bond of his Tuscan grandmother with Saint Gemma Galgani.
Religion exists no longer as a medium of constructing meanings, Orsi keeps, yet as a community of relationships among heaven and earth regarding humans of every age in addition to the various sacred figures they carry pricey. Orsi argues that sleek educational theorizing approximately faith has lengthy sanctioned doubtful differences among "good" or "real" non secular expression at the one hand and "bad" or "bogus" faith at the different, which marginalize those daily relationships with sacred figures.
This ebook is an excellent serious inquiry into the lives that individuals make, for larger or worse, among heaven and earth, and into the methods students of faith may well higher examine of those worlds.
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Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them by Robert A. Orsi