Beyond Words: The Remystification of the Divine through Dance, Silence and Theopoetics

Nora F. Wright (
Religious Studies, Scripps College
April, 2011
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This thesis challenges Classical Christian presentations of God based on exclusive and literalized metaphors. This piece explores the response of three dissenting groups, who place their emphasis on an experiential theology, directly challenging the use of conventional language to describe God. The Quaker practice of silent worship, Isadora Duncan’s dance form and Theopoetics each demand that religious structures enable an experience of the Divine that is spontaneous, mysterious and deeply personal.

ISSN: 2374-4103