"Espen Dahl’s study offers a significant contribution to the understanding of religious experience in the light of phenomenological reflection. The critical discussion of Otto, Husserl and their followers paves the way for a constructive retrieval of phenomenological insights in philosophy of religion and theology. Concentrating on the actual and dynamic encounter between the holy and the everyday, Dahl advocates a more appropriate approach to the manifestation of the holy in our everyday world." - Werner G. Jeanrond, Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow

"Work in ‘continental philosophy of religion’ has tended to be dominated by deconstruction and the so-called ‘theological turn’ in French phenomenology. In this marvellous, lucid book, Espen Dahl invites us to consider neglected resources with the phenomenological tradition, particularly in the later Husserl’s almost ethnographic attention to lived experience. Building a bridge from Otto and Husserl, through Schütz, to Wittgenstein and Cavell, Dahl reinvigorates phenomenology of religion as the philosophical investigation of worship. The result is an important contribution to philosophy of religion that makes us attentive to religion not as a set of ideas or beliefs, but as a “form of life,” a constellation of lived practices." - James K.A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College and author of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

"This is a splendid intervention into the way phenomenology can illumine the religious sense of the every day. In clear and lucid prose, Dahl leads us expertly through all the relevant concepts and figures, offering an outstanding contribution to philosophy of religion. Highly receommended!" - Conor Cunningham, Lecturer of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham and author of Genealogy of Nihilism and Darwin's Pious Idea