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The House of the LORD ... the house of man

J C Pauw
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 11, No 2 | a79 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v11i2.79 | © 2015 J C Pauw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 February 2016 | Published: 01 November 2015

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J C Pauw, Department of Public Administration and Management, Unisa, South Africa

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Abstract

The idea of cult centralisation in ancient Israel is investigated as a form of disenchantment. The Temple in Jerusalem can now be styled The House of the LORD and the countryside ought to be bereft of holy places and holy objects. However, the LORD did not stay in his “House”. Was this the start of a global process of disenchantment reaching its culmination in modernity? The question is posed whether the world could still be the enchanted house of man now that the LORD is absent. The article suggests that science associated with the Torah of nature can still discover an enchanted world.

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Max Weber; disenchantment; secularisation; cult; centralisation; bronze; serpent; Calvinism; re-enchantment; science

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