Conclusion to Part One

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Between Dancing and Writing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224036
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236916 | DOI:
Conclusion to Part One

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This chapter provides a conclusion to Part 1 of this book. It suggests an unwillingness to confront an irreparable fault at the heart of religion. Method-driven explanations of religion develop the critical moment over an affirmation of belief and experience. Interpretive approaches designed to preserve the particular timbre of religious voices develop the affirmative moment over critical attempts to explain religion away. By identifying these moments of affirmation and critique as integral to the study of religion, Part 1 of the book clarifies why a movement in either direction is defined by those who make it as a movement away from theology and decried by those who move in the opposite direction as too theological. It also examines how adherence to an emergence narrative reinforces a belief in the practice of writing and undermines attempts to acknowledge dance as effective in relation to religion.

Keywords: dance; religion; writing; theology; experience

Chapter.  1355 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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