The Circle Dance Of Time

Paperback | May 31, 2010

byJohn S. Dunne

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"There is nothing wiser than the circle," Rilke says in his Stories of God. John Dunne's new book explores the wisdom of the circle. He uses the metaphor of the circle dance, a folk dance in which the women form an inner circle, holding hands and moving clockwise; the men form an outer circle, moving counterclockwise. When the music stops the person opposite you is your partner for the next dance. Dunne interprets the circle as the great circle of life and light and love that comes from God and returns to God.
 
Dunne emphasizes the far point on the circle, farthest away from God, and uses that to discuss the difficulties of our secular age. In the individual life, the far point is a dark night of the soul. Yet Dunne sees that far point of loneliness and darkness as a point as well, marking the return to love and light. So the theme of the book is like the words of an old Bedouin to Lawrence of Arabia, "The love is from God, and of God, and towards God." The book concludes with the words of twenty-one "Circle Songs," composed by the author.
 

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"There is nothing wiser than the circle," Rilke says in his Stories of God. John Dunne's new book explores the wisdom of the circle. He uses the metaphor of the circle dance, a folk dance in which the women form an inner circle, holding hands and moving clockwise; the men form an outer circle, moving counterclockwise. When the music st...

John S. Dunne is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and the author of twenty books, including Deep Rhythm and the Riddle of Eternal Life (2008) and A Vision Quest (2006), both published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 31, 2010Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:026802605X

ISBN - 13:9780268026059

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“In this remarkable book, The Circle Dance of Time, Dunne describes the intellectual and spiritual journey through time like a circle dance, where God’s love will illuminate the dark side of the human condition, or the far point on the circle, according to Dunne’s metaphor. . . . The Circle Dance of Time brings to the reader the light of intellectual nourishment and spiritual encouragement needed in these dark and hectic days. This book is recommended for college, university, and seminary libraries.” —Catholic Library World