Senses of Devotion
Interfaith Aesthetics in Buddhist and Muslim Communities
Imprint: Cascade Books
"There is a growing body of literature on worship that focuses on concrete images and religious practices, thus 'earthing' a field that often veers toward abstraction. This is a welcome addition to that corpus, which will doubtless deepen our understanding of the richness and complexity of worship in different traditions."
--Jeremy Begbie, Duke University
"Making his readers part of a community that longs to know and love the other, Dyrness models the beauty of which he speaks as we discover our own complexities mirrored in the passing on and reimagining of religious traditions of ordinary people. Senses of Devotion is an outstanding example of inclusive theologizing for anyone who wishes to live out the possibility of a united human family made beautiful precisely through difference."
--Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Loyola Marymount University.
"This important study describes encounters and conversations that all readers will want to share and even replicate. Dyrness opens the way, sensitively and wisely avoiding common suppositions, undermining stereotypes, and keeping focused on actual practice as he pursues an eye-opening subject: the nonverbal dimensions of religious practice in other faith traditions. Among the rich rewards this book gives is a better perspective on ourselves."
--Robin M. Jensen, Vanderbilt University