The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
What if changing our perception of God has the potential to change everything? The Trinity is the central doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, and yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it...
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What if changing our perception of God has the potential to change everything?
The Trinity is the central doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, and yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it is a "mystery." The Divine Dance explores that mystery, demonstrating how a deeper conception of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will transform our relationship with God and renew our lives.
What people are saying about The Divine Dance:
"Finding the sweet spot where contemporary science meets ancient mysticism, and theology meets poetry, The Divine Dance sketches a beautiful choreography for a life well-lived. In our joy or our pain, true life is always relational, a flow, a dance. (And was always meant to be.)"
- Bono, U2
"This is Richard in peak form, doing what he does best: showing you how the best ideas for the future have actually been here, in the Jesus tradition, the whole time. Our favorite Franciscan has done it again!"
- Rob Bell, Love Wins
"Richard Rohr is one of the great spiritual masters of our time, indeed of any time. The Trinity will of course always remain a profound mystery, but after reading Father Rohr's book, you will experience it as a mystery that can, and will, transform your life."
- James Martin, SJ, Jesus: A Pilgrimage
The Trinity is supposed to be the central, foundational doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it is a 'mystery'. Should we presume to try to breach this mystery? If we could, how would it transform our relationship with God and renew our lives?The word Trinity is not found in the New Testament-it wasn't until the third century that early Christian father Tertullian coined it-but the idea of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was present in Jesus' life and teachings and from the very beginning of the Christian experience.In the pages of this book, internationally recognized teacher Richard Rohr circles around this most paradoxical idea as he explores the nature of God-circling around being an apt metaphor for this mystery we're trying to apprehend. Early Christians who came to be known as the 'Desert Mothers and Fathers' applied the Greek verb perichoresis to the mystery of the Trinity. The best translation of this odd-sounding word is dancing. Our word choreography comes from the same root.Although these early Christians gave us some highly conceptualized thinking on the life of the Trinity, the best they could say, again and again, was, Whatever is going on in God is a flow-it's like a dance.But God is not a dancer-He is the dance itself. That idea might sound novel, but it is about as traditional as you can get. God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in?
Mike Morrell is the Communications Director for the Integral Theology think tank Presence International, cofounder of The Buzz Seminar, and a founding organizer of the justice, arts, and spirituality Wild Goose Festival. He is an avid writer, freelance journalist for publications including Conspire and RELEVANT, publishing consultant, author coach, and the curator of the book-reviewing community at TheSpeakeasy.info. A self-titled "opti-mystic" and leading teacher and facilitator in emerging faith spaces, Morrell explores Spirit, Culture, and Permaculture on his blog at mikemorrell.org. Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in North Carolina.
Father Richard Rohr (born 1943) is an internationally recognised ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC.org) in Albuquerque, where he is also academic dean. The mission of this school is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in Franciscan alternative orthodoxy - practices of contemplation and self-emptying - expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.