Book ID: CBB737351806

Restoring Creation: The Natural World in the Anglo-Saxon Saints' Lives of Cuthbert and Guthlac (2019)


Brooks, Britton Elliott (Author)

D.S. Brewer

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 318
Language: English

The question of the relationship between humanity and the non-human world may seem a modern phenomenon; but in fact, even in the early medieval period people actively reflected on their own engagement with the non-human world, with such reflections profoundly shaping their literature. This book reveals how the Anglo-Saxons themselves conceptualised the relationship, using the Saints Lives of Cuthbert and Guthlac as a prism. Each saint is fundamentally linked to a specific and recognisable location in the English landscape: Lindisfarne and Farne for Cuthbert, and the East Anglian fens and the island of Crowland for Guthlac. These landscapes of the mind were defined by the theological and philosophical perspectives of their authors and audiences. The world in all its wonder was Creation, shaped by God. When humanity fell in Eden, its relationship to this world was transformed: cold now bites, fire burns, and wolves attack. In these Lives, however, saints, the holy epitome of humanity, are shown to restore the human relationship with Creation, as in the sea-otters warming Cuthbert's frozen feet, or birds and fish gathering to Guthlac like sheep to their shepherd.

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Authors & Contributors
Roberts, Michael B.
Brown, C. Mackenzie
Kutschera, Ulrich
Lienesch, Michael
Numbers, Ronald L.
Noll, Mark A.
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
Church History
History of Psychiatry
Greenwood Press
University of North Carolina Press
Harvard University
Graduate Theological Union
Taylor & Francis
Stanford University Press
Science and religion
Intelligent design (teleology)
Hagiography; saints
Buckland, William
Behe, Michael
Scopes, John Thomas
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
James, William
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
7th century
United States

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