A Roundup of Recent Reviews of Rohr & Morrell’s Divine Dance

Sanders said: And my long—forgive me—review has one main point: it’s that The Divine Dance isn’t about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s a book about an alternative spirituality of Flow, committed to a metaphysic that refuses to recognize a distinction between God and the world. <<<<<

Shouldn’t somebody on Sanders’ team have checked the heterodoxy equivalent of Snopes.com before concluding that Rohr’s committed to a metaphysic that refuses to recognize a distinction between God and the world?

As Walter Cardinal Kasper suggests: As Christians, we should keep to the rule of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and instead of ridiculing each other we should interpret each other in the best possible orthodox way. If we don’t, meaningful theological dialogue becomes impossible and sacra theologia turns into a political and ideological battlefield.

Rohr’s famously known to be a self-described panentheist, wholly within his Roman Catholic tradition, which precisely maintains ontological distinctions between God and the world, coupled with robust conceptions of creaturely participations/partakings.

The best orthodox interpretation, then, would have been that Rohr was not doing ontotheology or metaphysical modeling but theopoetics or a metaphorical trinitophany (like Panikkar’s christophany).

Sanders wrote: Church Fathers weren’t talking about dancing when they used the word “perichoresis,” which isn’t the origin of our word “choreography” (that would be choreuo, not choreo). Is it a bit pedantic to point out that Rohr is guilty of spreading etymological urban legends? Probably so. <<<<<

Definitely so, especially since, again, the best orthodox interpretation would be that Rohr was not departing from LaCugna, who knowingly employed dance vis a vis perichoresis — precisely not from philological warrant, which she clearly said it lacked, but — due only to metaphorical effectiveness.

Anticipating the harshness of his critique and the devastating pastoral conclusions that would ensue, did Sanders not have a greater responsibility to ensure the best orthodox interpretation, to consider the possibility that, at worst, Rohr was being inartful but certainly does not hold and has not historically taught something so egregiously wrong (pantheism, Sanders’ MAIN POINT) that it would get him into trouble with the Vatican, even?

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