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ART 180 Mystery: Sacred Time, Sacred Space (3 credits)

This course comes at the experience of prayer as it is invited by architecture. The course deals with religion as a binding force among peoples who have a common encounter with the "totally Other." Religious bodies build temples which commemorate those historic encounters; the buildings universally encourage individual encounters. How do the buildings do this? What are the parameters of religious experience or mystical experience according to the norms of architectural aesthetics? The course includes lecture, images, written reflections, dialogue, and student presentations of their understanding about the encounter with the Other. One final paper caps the experience for the grade. (Faith and Reason course GEP)