Friday, March 12, 2010
A New Way of Knowing the World
"According to the postmodern view of reality, agency, activity, and influence are characteristics not just of human beings but of all animals, of trees and plants, of oceans and winds, of mountains and of the earth as a whole. These terms fit different entities in different ways. But to understand everything we know as alive, as having relations of interdependence with others, as changing others and being changed by them, is closer to the contemporary understanding of reality than is the subject-object model, which claims that only the human knower is alive, active, and influential while everything else (and often other people, to the extent that they are objectified) is dead, passive, and unchanging. The ecological model of knowing rests on the assumption that the world is composed of living, changing, growing, mutually related, interdependent entities, of which human beings are one. None of these entities is a mere object; all, in different ways, are subjects."

~ Sallie McFague, Super, Natural Christians

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posted by Mike Clawson at 9:36 PM | Permalink |


At 3/13/2010 01:04:00 AM, Anonymous Don Scrooby

Mike, I don't think we will ever be able to measure the harm done by the modernistic interpretation of the Genesis passages which put humans in a position of inflated preeminence. That little phrase, "to subdue the earth" has had an incredible impact on the Western psyche and the whole of created reality.

I just love that sentence - "None of these entities is a mere object; all, in different ways, are subjects." Interpreting those passages through these kind of eyes certainly give us a different picture. Lovely post - thank you.


At 3/13/2010 06:45:00 AM, Blogger Bob

love love love mcfague - always find joy in her discussion of the world as God’s body


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