Book Review: The Divine Dance
“The Trinity and your transformation” by Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell
I will read a book on nearly any topic and in nearly any genre. A couple that are, to this day, near and dear to me are philosophy and theology. When The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr was presented to me as a possibility for review, I jumped at the opportunity.
One of my personal favorite theological sticking points is the Trinity, and the topic of this book being just that, I became even more excited. Despite the descriptions and endorsements, though, I was still anticipating a theological treatise on the trinity and some logical formulations proving the doctrine’s validity.
The Divine Dance is none of that.
The book centers on a contemplation of the 15th-century Russian iconographer Amdrei Rublev’s The Trinity. Looking at the icon, one would notice that the three “persons” are seated around what looks like a table, and it appears the onlooker is joining them or being invited to join them.
To be a part of the group.
At no point do the authors really pin down what it means to be a part of the Trinity/divine dance/ flow. The metaphors are endless. But what they do solidify for the reader is the fact that the Trinity should change how we approach literally every aspect of our daily lives.
Including how Christians interact with followers of different religions or no religion at all.
For me, personally, it sparked some thoughts on other topics that I fully intend to flesh out in future stories here.
A word of warning: If you are a conservative Evangelical Christian, this book will offend you. Rohr does not lay out a systematic theology of the Trinity, and he does not say that a right understanding of God will lead you to defend the American Conservative cause. Even more, he embraces and discusses the need to speak about and to the feminine present in God.
The Divine Dance is rich and thoughtful. It draws you in toward the Trinity while also turning your thoughts inward to see how you can better align yourself with how this truly Trinitarian God functions, or wants to function, in the world.
For Christians willing to wade into the contemplative, possibly for the first time, this book is an ideal instructor, taking you ever deeper while remaining nearby to help you stay afloat.
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