Entries in Relating to Creation (12)

Savannahs and Polar Bears

Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 08:05AM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , | Comments4 Comments | References1 Reference

…Precisely because we are bringing the land into accordance with the savannah land-type we’re programmed for, we lose the ability to see what the land itself wants to be — its original and most natural shape. Walking through the residential sections of Crawfordsville and Lebanon, Indiana, it takes education and hard mental work to see past the lawns to what the land would look like if we hadn’t interfered.

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Individuals and Larger Systems

Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 06:24PM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in | Comments4 Comments

It took me twenty more years to realize that I’d seen the destruction of an entire biosystem underway — the biosystem of woods, fields, and marshes that had occupied the coastline of southeastern Michigan since the glaciers retreated and the local climate turned temperate. But the scale of the destruction had an impact on me even as an uncomprehending kid. It was just too colossal to ignore. In ten years of childhood, I saw the wild destroyed to a distance of ten miles.

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Naming the Creatures

Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 08:57AM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , , | Comments2 Comments

This might perhaps be a good place to bring the Jud├Žo-Christian idea of the “covenanting community” into our discussion. My friend the steak-eater, and my friend who doesn’t brake for animals, and I myself, might all be people who consciously identify ourselves with some such community. But the community I identify with includes the cattle and the wild animals on the road in a way that other people’s communities do not. Mine makes the cattle and the wild animals a little bit more like citizens —

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Walking Through the Biotic Community

Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 06:21PM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , | Comments5 Comments

The bodies were just left there. There was never a skid mark, no sign whatsoever that the killer had slowed. The deer had been heaved off the side of the road to rot, as fallen boulders are heaved off the road in Colorado, without any sign of human feeling.

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