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dc.contributor.authorSouthgate, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-01T10:58:23Z
dc.date.available2017-09-01T10:58:23Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-01
dc.identifier.citationSouthgate, C. (2017). Nature’s million-fuelèd bonfire: thoughts on honest poetic contemplation. Theology in Scotland, 24(1), 7-20en_US
dc.identifier.issn1465-2862en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/TIS/article/view/1514en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/11584
dc.description.abstractChristian poetry has often concentrated on the beauty of the natural world, ignoring the competition and struggle which are factors integral to evolution. Struggle in nature, however, may lead to God’s ends for his creatures and it is this that Christopher Southgate seeks to explore by examining the work of poets such as Gerard Manley Hopkins, Louis MacNeice and R. S. Thomas. He suggests that this kind of honest contemplation allows us to view the struggles in the natural world in counterpoint with the sense of God’s depth of engagement with all suffering; as such it represents a search for divine glory. To seek to glimpse this glory requires us to view nature through three complementary lenses: what the world discloses of its creator (gloria mundi); the gift – made possible by the character of the creation – of the Incarnate Christ and his self-surrender (gloria crucis); and the song of the new creation, in which creaturely flourishing will be attained without creaturely struggle (gloria in excelsis).en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSt Mary's College, University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofTheology in Scotlanden_US
dc.rightsCopyright (c) 2017 Christopher Southgate. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/*
dc.subjectPoetryen_US
dc.subjectNatureen_US
dc.subjectCreationen_US
dc.subjectEvolutionen_US
dc.subjectGerard Manley Hopkinsen_US
dc.subjectLouis MacNeiceen_US
dc.subjectR. S. Thomasen_US
dc.subject.lccBR1.S3T5en_US
dc.subject.lcshTheology--Study and teaching--Scotlanden_US
dc.subject.lcshTheology, Doctrinal--Scotlanden_US
dc.titleNature’s million-fuelèd bonfire: thoughts on honest poetic contemplationen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.description.versionPublisher PDFen_US
dc.publicationstatusPublisheden_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US


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