But some of the most important ramifications of the doctrine of the human fall into sin that form the heart of a Christian understanding of culture are that despite the fall man did not lose his creaturehood
, nor did the fall abrogate God's command to "be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it.
And while philosophy since the Enlightenment has conditioned us to believe "we are what we think" (thanks in large part to Rene Descartes), Augustine's statement positions the seat of human character and creaturehood
in the heart, not the head, suggesting that our proper end is devotion, not cognition.
Georges Florovsky, "Creation and Creaturehood
," The Collected Works of Georges Florovsky, Volume III: Creation and Redemption (Belmont, MA: Nordland, 1976), 46.
A sense of creation not only involves belief in the Creator but also embraces creaturehood
as the universal, albeit analogous, condition of all finite reality.
As early as Amos Wilder's 1976 Theopoetic, he emphasized that "the dimension too often missing [from Christianity] is that of rooted-ness, creaturehood
, and embodied humanness.
Fourth, and finally, in spite of a sharp difference, there exists between angels (especially Guardian Angels) and humans a heaven-forged sympathy, because our commonality of creaturehood
involves free will, intelligence, love of God and communion in that love, and the very vocation of our angel-guardians is to secure our vocations in love.
And I still make small schematic drawings of rivers snaking across the plains--word-free homage to their elegant creaturehood
She argues that all earth beings, and the earth itself, share the same status: "The standing of creaturehood
, which remains beneath all the different forms of being and activity that the inhabitants of the earth exhibit.
They have at one and the same time freed God from bondage to the world-order by asserting the creaturehood
of all that is not God, and have ensured that the statement about the immanence of God firmly excludes any possibility of man's divinization, for man too is explicitly said to be a creature of God.
How can our theology reflect the humility and limit of our creaturehood
, while also honouring the glorious generosity of our Creator who made us with a creative capacity for language and thought to give voice to our faith in community?
In Cragg's words, "Each faith in its own idiom is only taking seriously the 'serious' business of our creaturehood
, our role over things ever under God" (10).
all things within our horizon of experience carry the marks of creaturehood