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DivinanimalityAnimal Theory, Creaturely Theology$
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Stephen Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263196

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.001.0001

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The Divinanimality of Lord Sequoia

The Divinanimality of Lord Sequoia

(p.100) The Divinanimality of Lord Sequoia

Terra S. Rowe

Fordham University Press

Terra Rowe's essay begins with a letter from John Muir written from what would become Yosemite National Park. Muir's doxology to “Lord Sequoia” prompts Rowe, aided by Jacques Derrida, Laurel Schneider and others, to propose a posthumanist Christ. This would be a Christ whose incarnation would no longer be exclusively human but multiplied across all species of creation. It would be a limitrophic Christ, sprouting at the limit and overrunning every limit, complicating every border between human and animal, human and divine, and divine and other-than-human in all its limitless variety. As “divinanimal,” this Christ would be left as a trace on every wholly other that has been deemed necessary and then discarded, whether human, animal, or tree.

Keywords:   Posthumanism, Christology, John Muir

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