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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Reasons of the Heart
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. God Sensible to the Heart
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. The Vision of Emanation
  2. pp. 41-61
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  1. The Vision of Return
  2. pp. 63-82
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  1. The Far Point on the Circle
  2. pp. 83-113
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  1. The Vision of God with Us
  2. pp. 115-128
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  1. Circle Songs
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 135-157
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-163
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268077716
Related ISBN
9780268026059
MARC Record
OCLC
794700558
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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