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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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Original Breath

Original Breath

(p.295) Original Breath
Carnal Hermeneutics

Karmen Mackendrick

Fordham University Press

This chapter challenges traditional non-carnal readings of speaking in the Genesis account of Creation: creatio ex nihilo, God beyond space and time, and humans as absolutely distinct from animals. The author suggests God’s calling to Creation takes place in the presence of an already existing “there is,” a formless matter that responds to God’s call. God’s breath organizes creation, breathes life into humans and animals, and forces us to rethink our ideas of matter. This account demands that we rethink our relationship to animals in a manner that, without conflating humans and animals, points to a “divine animality” and a “continuous carnal creation.”

Keywords:   Genesis, Creation, Animals, Breath, Matter

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