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Dancing with God: Anglican Christianity and the Practice of Hope


by Jay Emerson Johnson

Dancing with God: Anglican Christianity and the Practice of Hope
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Publication date: 2005-02-01
Number of pages: 177
ISBN: 9780819221124
"The image of dancing with God may seem like an odd one for a book on Christian theology," writes Jay Johnson, "More than a few people probably assume dancing and theology have at least one thing in common: Other people do them. The good news of Christian faith suggests something different. Each and everyone of us is invited to dance with God. Each of us can dance. Each of us can do theology."

Theology, long seen as the domain of professors, scholars, and clergy, is actually the work of all God's people. Dancing with God uses the metaphor of dance to help readers--especially those without a theological background--approach the discipline of theology as something we all do, and not only something to believe. And doing theology is the practice of hope.

This book explores the way Anglicans approach theology. The good news, according to Johnson, is not about the assurance of "getting things right." It comes, instead, from considering our texts, creeds, and liturgies as invitations to dance with the God of abundant life. Beautifully and accessibly written, Dancing with God makes an excellent book for individual or parish study.

Jay Emerson Johnson has his M.Div from Nashotah House and his Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union. He has served a variety of Episcopal parishes, and taught at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He speaks to church groups regularly about theology.Jay Emerson Johnson
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