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The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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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 also a futurist, an avid writer, freelance journalist, author coach, publishing consultant, and the curator of the book-reviewing community at TheSpeakeasy.info. You can read his ongoing exploration of Spirit, Culture, and Permaculture at MikeMorrell.org. Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in North Carolina.
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His thesis is that whatever is going on in God is like dancing, a flowing of life. Knowledge of God is participatory; it is knowing from within, from participating in the dance. Sin is stopping the flow of the dance. Moreover, he says, “What physicists and contemplatives alike are confirming is that the foundational nature of reality is relational; everything is in relationship with everything else” (page 69). Being a psychiatrist, I would add that behavioral science and neuroscience are confirming the same.
The book contains important take home messages. Among my favorites are the following:
Messages about God: “Whatever is going on in God is a flow, a radical relatedness, a perfect communion between Three [Father, Son and Holy Spirit for a Christian]—a circle dance of Love. And God is not just a dancer; God is the dance itself” (page 27). “… God … is actually inter-being …” (page 82). God loves you, not because you are good, but because God is good (page 110). “The cross is the standing icon and image of God, showing us that … God is in the suffering with us” (page 132). “Jesus became incarnate to reveal the image of the invisible God” (page 174).
Messages about the universe and us: “Our starting place was always original goodness, not original sin” (page 32). “Personhood is not a static notion, but an entirely dynamic and relational one … our original identity in God. All human personhood implies a process of coming to be in love! Sin is every refusal to move in the direction of our deepest identity as love” (page 77). “…this ‘whole creation itself … [is being] brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God’ and is ‘groaning in one great act of giving birth’” (page 114). “Humans change in the process of love-mirroring, and not by paying any price or debt” (page 132). “Creation just keeps unfolding …” (page 147).
The book ends with a quote from Catherine of LaCugna: “The very nature of God, therefore, is to seek out the deepest possible communion and friendship with every last creature on this earth” (page 194).
An appendix describes seven practices for experiencing the Trinity.
I highly recommend this book for people of all faiths who seek inspiration for living in our current time of increasing interconnectedness.
I felt like this was an attempt to define the indefinite, and it seemed another much-too-labored attempt at quantifying the number of angels on the head of a pin. "Trinity" could have just as well been called "Divine Dance of which we're a part," and we'd be done with it. But trying to define some triune nature of God fell flat for me. His central points have been made elsewhere, and this book could have been distilled into a much, much shorter treatise.
What I couldn't answer was, "What makes this book different? What is he offering here that he hasn't offered elsewhere in a myriad of ways?" If you like Rohr, you'll probably like this. What I couldn't quite understand were all of the breathless accolades in the front matter of the book, nor all of the 5-star ratings on Amazon. It's a good book but, again, if you've read Rohr's other work, read his daily meditations, and listened to his audio recordings, you'll find much of The Divine Dance redundant and repetitious. Triune, Trinity, Trinitarian...it's the cosmic dance of which we're all a part. But trying to operationalize and legitimize an old doctrine seems tortured at best. If humans are part of the divine dance, then why is the concept of three necessary? Or, if you want to carry the number three forward, why aren't there two parts of God with humans completing the trinity as the third part since we're an integral part of the dance? None of these questions was addressed. He states in another writing that, "It took centuries to develop the doctrine of the trinity," so what makes triune, trinity, trinitarian, etc. important? Why three? And why was it necessary to develop a concept of three in the first place?
Rohr has said numerous times that he's often run afoul of the church hierarchy and the non-questioning members of his congregations. This felt like a bit of a half-hearted attempt to return to dogma--for what reason, I can't fathom.
Rohr acolytes, please save your "Comments" for someone else. Sorry, but there's no need for your attempts at exegesis, exposition, or "you just don't get it." Just enjoy the book you've read or are about to read. I bless you on your journey.
Uses the metaphor of the Trinity as a flow of relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit and us!
I gained a whole new perspective of the Trinity and an understanding of such a puzzling concept that has always escaped me.