Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

William Danker

Scripture References in this Resource

Isaiah 26:17; Isaiah 45:10; Isaiah 13:8; Isaiah 23:5; Jeremiah 51:29; Psalm 96:9; Psalm 87:7; Judges 21:21-23; 1 Samuel 18:6; Judges 11:34; 1 Samuel 21:12; 1 Samuel 29:5; 2 Samuel 6:14-16; 1 Chronicles 15:29; Genesis 49:24; Isaiah 66:20; Job 21:11; Joel 2:5; Ecclesiastes 3:4; Song of Solomon 2:8; Isaiah 35:6; 1 Samuel 5:5; Zephaniah 1:9; 1 Samuel 30:16; Genesis 32:31-32; 2 Samuel 21:14; 1 Samuel 18:7; Exodus 12:13; 23; Exodus 32:6; Judges 16:25; Exodus 34:25; Judges 18:26; Psalm 114:4; 6


This is just one example of a cultural problem that raises a painful question for the Western Christian: “Why is it that, while the Church, particularly in her worship, has done so much to use God's gifts of music, art, and. drama, it has almost completely ignored or condemned the one art that combines these three--the dance?" Can the dance be a vehicle to glorify God, not merely in recreation, but also in worship? It is to this problem that this study addresses itself. It intends to examine the reverent and irreverent use of the dance in the history of the Church, and to propose possible new avenues of approach.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.