Christianity, Culture and Dance Research Paper by P Anne

Christianity, Culture and Dance
This paper looks at dance and culture from the standpoint of Christianity.
# 108334 | 4,314 words | 28 sources | APA | 2007 | CA
Published on Oct 03, 2008 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Dance (General)

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In this paper, the writer briefly traces Christianity's struggles on the subject of dance. The writer considers historical and Biblical interpretation and cultural developments and notes that the question of how Christians should engage culture in regards to this rather bodily activity is not easily or permanently answered. The writer also expresses her point of view than an appreciation of the physical body, along with its creative expressions is paramount in living out our faith in the Creator and in engaging our culture.

Historically and Biblically
Various Church Responses
Where Christians Dance and Why
Conclusion - The Parable of the Lord of the Dance
Appendix 1 - The Shim Sham
Appendix 2 - Websites of Interest
Appendix 3 - Lord of the Dance
Appendix 4 - The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

From the Paper:

"In the Hebrew tradition, dance was an integral part of celebrations. It was used both in worship, in ordinary life and on occasions of victory and festivity. Dance functioned as a medium of prayer and praise, as an expression of joy and reverence, and as a mediator between God and humanity. This understanding of dance permeated the faith of the early Christian church.
"However, by the time of the Reformation the church, both Catholic and Protestant, had eliminated dance from worship, forcing dance back into the secular realm, where it flourished."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Buchanan, Mark. Christianity Today (2002). "Dance of the God-Struck - There is something about worship that can drive even a king to strip down and leap up."
  • Christianity Today (1999) "Let's Get Physical - Motus O uses the human body to reveal the soul".
  • Christian Reformed Church in North America (2007)
  • Duifhuis, Jed. Carver Courier, "Dancing with Jed", April 4, 2007
  • Fischer, John (1988) Real Christians Don't Dance. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers.

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