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Without Nature?A New Condition for Theology$
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David Albertson and Cabell King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230693.001.0001

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The Body of the World: Our Body, Ourselves

The Body of the World: Our Body, Ourselves

(p.221) The Body of the World: Our Body, Ourselves
Without Nature?

Sallie McFague

Fordham University Press

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

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