The Core of Religion


  • Sam Gill University of Colorado, Boulder



moving, religion, gesture, place, embodiment, coherence, meaning, hope, redemption


Identifying hope and redemption with moving and vitality, the dystopian film Mad Max: Fury Road surprisingly inspires us to develop the implications of moving as the core of religion. For animate organisms life is synonymous with self-moving. Philosophy and biology connect moving with not only vitality, but also with experience, perception and conception. Hope and redemption are qualia of human living. Enduring academic standards tend to halt the moving richness of religions. Taking as radically as possible the primacy of self-moving, an alternative is presented that prefers kinesiology to autopsy. Seven propositions are developed, directed especially to the emerging generation of religion scholars.

Author Biography

Sam Gill, University of Colorado, Boulder

Sam Gill, Professor at the University of Colorado, is the author of many books and articles, most recently Dancing Culture Religion. His research has engaged him in fieldwork in Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Latin America, and Native America. Recent completed book manuscripts include Into the Future: Making, Gender, Technology, and Religion from Adam to Androids & Galatea to Tomorrow’s Eve and Creative Encounters: Appreciating Difference; and How the Study of Religion Might Contribute. His current research is related to perception, conception, gesture/posture/prosthesis, movement, dancing, and body distinctively approached by integrating a wide range of academic and cultural perspectives as well as the experience he has acquired in his long career in dancing and moving.


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How to Cite

Gill, S. (2017). Moving: The Core of Religion. Body and Religion, 1(2), 131–147.




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