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Response Paper (1) Contact and the Sacred

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Kelley Krueger Response Paper #1: Contact and the Sacred Ellie’s encounter with “the other” is very similar to many descriptions of encounters that Livingston provides in Chapter 3, “The Sacred and the Holy”. When Ellie is placed on trial to defend her experience she says, “I had an experience. I can't prove it. I can't just explain it. But everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real. I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever: a vision of the universe that tells us undeniably how tiny and insignificant and how rare and precious we all are. A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves, that we are not - that none of us is alone. I wish I could share that emotion that everyone, if even for one moment, could feel that awe and humility and that hope that I felt, but... that continues to be my wish.” This is
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Unformatted text preview: similar to Livingston’s descriptions of the Sacred in that every encounter he presents the feeling and reaction is the same. It is something that can’t be describe, can’t really be understood, but it is something you know in your gut and with every fiber of your being is there. Livingston says, “while the forms of worship that issue from the experience of ‘awe’ and ‘dread’ would include expiation and propitiation, the fascinans provokes expressions of joyful thanksgiving, praise, and adoration” (40). He is saying that like Ellie described - when she said “I have no words”, “it’s just so beautiful” and “they should have sent a poet”- it can’t be understood but it should be recognized for what it is, something that can only be pointed to, addressed, or communicated in the language and gestures of our own experiences....
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