Dance in the Early Church: sources and restrictions

  • Laura Hellsten Åbo Akademi, Systematic Theology
Keywords: Dance, Theology, Church History, Early Church, Patristics, Christianity, Art, Liturgy

Abstract

Understanding the role of dance in the Western Christian tradition is an underexplored territory. Sources of historical investigations are few and many of them are problematic. In this article commonly used sources are questioned and a re-examination of earlier research is begun. Focusing on the Early Church in dialogue with writing from the patristic period, a new interpretation is done around the theme of dance prohib-ition. The important contributions of Donatella Tronca as well as Graham Pont and Alessandro Alcangeli to the understanding of dance in the Early Church period are expanded by means of a more extensive theological framework. This article also aims at bringing a broader philosophical and societal understanding of the worldview and social imaginary of the Early Church period to bear on earlier research studies.
Section
Articles
Published
Dec 14, 2016
How to Cite
Hellsten, L. (2016). Dance in the Early Church: sources and restrictions. Approaching Religion, 6(2), 55-66. https://doi.org/10.30664/ar.67592