Despite an ecological awakening, an inaccessible sense of creatureliness
saps faith and justice.
This small book of dense poems is framed as a "spiritual journey through the labyrinthine cosmos of the human soul," regarding the "paradoxes of creatureliness
Here worldliness, creatureliness
, and also materiality, not sinfulness, seem to be the other of godliness.
Otto interprets dependence and defines creatureliness
in terms of interconnectedness of everything.
Her reindeer outfit suggests her yearning for a shared creatureliness
that has been lost in consumer culture, but when read as a Rudolph outfit it also gestures toward the loss of a Christmas fantasy world.
By associating creatureliness
within and without the human with brutality, intractability, and stupidity, Moreau falls short of enacting an affirmative revaluation of the animal, and the upshot of this narrative limit is that it falls into the trap of imagining the human-animal relationship as "red in tooth and claw" For the shipwrecked narrator, to encounter the animal is to encounter an exotic adversary, a dangerous beast in an unknown outpost, an obstacle to British progress and settlement in an inhospitable tropical island.
As Max Weber wrote, "the world as a creation of god, whose power comes to expression in it despite its creatureliness
, provides the only medium through which one's unique religious charisma must prove itself by means of rational ethical action, so that one may become and remain certain of one's own state of grace.
It can remind me of my creatureliness
and finitude, of the fragile, ephemeral nature of my existence, of my own neediness and the vulnerability of others.
It seems that through contemplation any particular aspect of creatureliness
could potentially reveal Christ.
48) Creaturely ethics does not justify itself at the level of materiality and finitude because these alone do not constitute an obligation or a command; nor does creatureliness
simply ascribe the sanctity of matter to a source outside the world.
Hence in anthropological materialism, political materialism and physical creatureliness
are densely intertwined.
This freedom grows not from a religiosity that intends to expand the limits of human self-realization, but from the responsible affirmation of our finite existence and our creatureliness
12) If anything, the sexual bodies that we inhabit, that we love and care for in their finite creatureliness
, are not understandable apart from their theological determinations, which need not, in the end, be ontotheological in any sense, though what this looks like, or should appear to us as such, remains unclear indeed.
Goldenberg, Tom Pyszczynski & David Weise, Disgust, Creatureliness
and the Accessibility of Death-Related Thoughts, 37 EVR.
, though unfallen, is a cautionary reminder of the limits of material being and its far greater shortcomings after the fall.