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Inge also suggests that the sacramental life of inside the church should have external implications as well. Experiencing God's grace and presence in the sacraments should encourage us to seek the same disclosure in the world. And by seeking the sacramental in the world, should increase our appreciation of the sacramental life of the church. Place becomes a powerful idea in connection with the site of the sacraments.
Inge recalls geographer Edward Relph's words, "places are constructed in our memories and affections through repeated encounters and complex associations and place experiences are necessarily time-deepened and memory qualified." Places are unique not just because of geographical or architectural elements, rather places are unique and inseparable from the individuals and communities associated with it and tell its story"
One of the things I greatly appreciated about Inge's work was such a simple point. "The role of such place is to root believers in their faith and point them towards the redemption of all places." My initial concern with his work was the appeal to experience. Where would these experiences end? With the self? My fear is that such experiences only serve to insulate the individual instead of being rooted in the world. The experience begins and ends beyond the individual. Its starts with God's action, received by humanity, and sends them to participate in further place making.
I agree with Belden Lane's comments on Inge's book that it is a fine summary of the landscape of place rather than a great contribution to the field. It is a very worthwhile journey for the reader to be brought into the conversation, but his constructive proposal place is only loosely defined.