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Savoring Faith Through the Senses June 27, 2014
The cold touch of a stone; the musky smell of incense; the taste of bread. In his new book, Brent Plate puts aside questions of belief and explores the ways we experience faith through our senses, using our fingers, our eyes and our noses. In 5 1/2 Objects, the “half” is what we use to experience these objects, what Plate calls the “incomplete human body."

Pictured: Stones, like these stacking stones, can embody a divine and sacred force. They often inspire believers to travel great distances to see them, like the Foundation Stone in Judaism, the Black Stone in Islam, and the Stone of the Anointing in Christianity.

S. Brent Plate, author of A History of Religion in 51/2 Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses