The Body of the World: Our Body, Ourselves

Sallie McFague

in Without Nature?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237227 | DOI:
The Body of the World: Our Body, Ourselves

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This chapter proposes a major revision to Christian conceptions of nature. Rather than conceive the world as a machine, Christians should draw upon the tradition's resources to view the world as the “body of God.” This metaphor emphasizes the sanctity and limits of nature's “body” and motivates response to the impending urban crisis. As scarce food and water remind us that like nature, we are perishable bodies before anything else, the chapter questions the wisdom of giving “second nature” greater ethical attention than “first nature”.

Keywords: first nature; second nature; natural theology; God; Christianity

Chapter.  8144 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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