Public Place Universal Spirit Cultural Protestantism (Riverside Park)

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Canopy, cathedral, and staircase. Quiet, for a moment in Riverside Park early on a Sunday morning with practically no one about, it feels kind of like and like a kind of church. On the move walking with a dog, nature tamed and brought down to conform to a human purpose and good, while the human condition has been raised to a natural function. In parks, consciousness is intentional, everything intentionally placed by a design aesthetic, a design logic, like the elegant, curving swoop of the staircase up under Riverside Cathedral. Thanks you Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Olmstead. Public place, bourgeois Universal Spirit, and Cultural Protestantism prevade the place here.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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