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Between Dancing and WritingThe Practice of Religious Studies$
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224036

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823224036.001.0001

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Conclusion to Part One

Conclusion to Part One

Living the Legacy

(p.103) Conclusion to Part One
Between Dancing and Writing

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Fordham University Press

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

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