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Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today

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Place is fundamental to human existence. However, we have lost the very human sense of place in today's postmodern and globalized world. Craig Bartholomew, a noted Old Testament scholar and the coauthor of two popular texts on the biblical narrative, provides a biblical, theological, and philosophical grounding for place in our rootless culture. He illuminates the importan ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Baker Academic
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May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Given the rampant Neo-Platonism in the church today, I think that developing a thoughtful, Biblical view of “place” is an important task. Given this, and given the fact that I had previously read and enjoyed other books by Bartholomew, I was pretty excited to read this book. Sad to say, I was very disappointed.

The book is organized into three parts – Biblical arguments; Historical arguments; and Modern Topics. Actually, “arguments” is not the correct term to use because the author almost never p
Daniel Mcgregor
Sorry to say I could not get through this book. It lost me very shortly after I started reading it.
This is an excellent and thoughtful book on the subject of "place", that is to say, the fact that we are creatures bounded by location in space and time. The book opens with a survey of scripture; followed by a section on philosophy and Christian thought from the Greeks to Bonhoeffer ; concluding with a very practical section applying these principles to city, home, church, memorial and pilgrimage.

Bartholomew is a thoughtful and measured writer with a thorough knowledge of scripture, philosophy
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read on a "theology of place." That is both a good and a bad thing. It is good in that it helped to coalesce many concepts that had been floating around in mind in new and helpful ways. It is a bad thing in that I have no real point of comparison to other "theologies of place," and therefore no real sense of scale other than my own enjoyment.

But I DID enjoy it. Bartholomew's surveys of the biblical text, philosophy, and theology are breath-taking in their sweep and co
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I bought this book with conscious ignorance of the topic that the author set out to establish. I have never once sat and thought about a Christian view of "place" in my life. All in all, I'm really glad I did.

Bartholomew sets out to explore the contours of implacement both in the Scriptures and how that effects practice, specifically for Christians. In setting out to prove his point, the reader gets all sorts of peripheral nuggets along the way - you can find characters like NT Wright & Wen
Patrick Walsh
I probably should go back and reread Parts I and II, especially Part II, to try to understand them better. This has to be one of the most challenging books I've read in many years. Challenging to follow and comprehend, but also challenging in what it asks of us in Part III.

There are many, many quotable passages, and many references to other books and articles. As often happens, reading this one book has added several more books to the list of books that I think I should read. It is well worth th
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of work here, very ambitious in its scope. I appreciate the thorough biblical reflection on the theme of place. The overview of thought on place (section 2) was ambitious but a bit too surface level to be truly helpful. The third section, focused on faithful implacement was idealistic, yet quite helpful. In fact, the more I reflect, the more I'm convicted that it's seeming idealism is a direct correlation to how thoroughly displaced we are in so many of our current realities. If you're inte ...more
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Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and the principal of the Paideia Centre for Public Theology. He founded the internationally recognized Scripture and Hermeneutics seminar and is coauthor of Living at the Crossroads and Christian Philosophy.
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