Thursday, February 13, 2020

radical discontinuity

I have been talking, of course, about a dualism that manifests itself in several ways:
 as a cleavage, a radical discontinuity, between Creator and creature,
 spirit and matter, religion and nature, religion and economy, 
worship and work, and so on. This dualism, I think, is the most destructive disease
 that afflicts us. In it’s best-known, it’s most dangerous, and perhaps its fundamental version,
 it is the dualism of body and soul. This is an issue as difficult as it is important,
 and so to deal with it we should start at the beginning…

~ Wendell Berry
from The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry


Ruth said...

I believe "sin" (maybe the "only" sin) is seeing things as separate (dual). Unfortunately, the Christianity I grew up with saw even God as "Other"—as Berry says, Creator and creature.