Sunday, May 17, 2009

Beautiful and sexy

I recently started an absolutely fascinating book, namely David Brown's God & Grace of Body (Oxford: OUP, 2007). The title of this post is that of his first chapter, in which he begins the project of examining 'the ways in which bodies might open human beings up to the possibility of experiencing God or the divine through them' (11).

Having roomed with Jim West at the San Diego SBL, my first critical thought was, of course, "he has obviously never seen what I have seen!" – but then I turned to his fourth chapter, 'Wasted and Ugly', and waited for references to

But seriously, this is a very engaging and arguably important book, offering ways to expand our horizons on how we experience God. By the way, his chapter on dancing even discusses belly dancing! Interesting also was the link made, in an analysis of the dance of Martha Graham, between Jonathan Edwards' 'dogmatic denouncements' and the employment of an 'absolutely rigid upper body' in her movements.

It made me think: what sort of dance would best express my theology and faith?!

To get personal: What sort of dance would best express your own worldview, faith or theological tendencies?

As Rowan Williams wrote: this book opens doors 'into all sorts of fresh insight'.


At 5/18/2009 11:21 PM, Anonymous Weekend Fisher said...

1. Belly dancing!
2. Irish folk dancing.

And you didn't ask about foods but:

1. Baklava!
2. Guacamole. :)

Wasn't it Ben Franklin who said that beer is proof that God loves us & wants us to be happy?


Take care & God bless
Anne / WF

At 5/22/2009 10:33 AM, Anonymous matthew r malcolm said...

You seen Brad Pitt's character dancing in the car in the movie 'burn after reading'? That's my theology...

At 5/24/2009 11:14 AM, Anonymous steph said...

Sundance - at the beach as it sets.

And food: paw paw, raspberries and limes - ambrosia.

Dom Perignon is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. According to a very good friend of mine, he now sits up there in heaven next to God with Zigzagel serving him...


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