Customer Reviews for

Performing the Sacred (Engaging Culture): Theology and Theatre in Dialogue

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2010

    Thoughtful engagement with theatre and theology

    'Performing the Sacred : theology and theatre in dialogue' is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in looking for links between theatre and theology. In the book's introduction, co-authors, professors, and friends Todd E. Johnson and Dale Savidge contend that 'theology can be understood through the lens of theatre and that theatre can be understood through the lens of theology'(11). The main thrust of their argument is that the theatre embodies key aspects of the Christian faith: incarnation, community, and presence. Similar to the way actors inhabit the words of a script through speech and movement, Christ, the eternal Word, took on flesh and became the Word incarnate. The audience and actors, at least for the duration of the play, form a type of community-a truth that points to the communal nature of the Trinity. And, because theatre is traditionally understood to involve a live performance, the audience and actors are present to one another in a way that echoes God's presence in the world. The book is well-researched and contains a rich bibliography for those wishing to delve even more deeply into this growing field. Savidge and Johnson move beyond mere theory by referring to particular works of theatre throughout the book. The teaching spirit of both comes through in the book's systematic structure and sometimes conversational tone. There is also a pastoral quality present, particularly from Savidge. In a chapter entitled, 'The Christian at Work', Savidge writes about some of the struggles Christian playwrights and actors face (for example, questions of discernment about what to write or perform) and encourages them to remember that God is present in the face of challenges and decisions. In short, 'Performing the Sacred' is an engaging and understandable introduction to the ongoing conversation between theologians and theatre artists.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1