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a. A living being, especially an animal: land creatures; microscopic creatures in a drop of water.
b. A human.
c. An imaginary or fantastical being: mythological creatures; a creature from outer space.
2. One dependent on or subservient to another.
3. Something created.

crea′tur·al adj.
crea′ture·li·ness n.
crea′ture·ly adj.
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While critical of his anthropocentrism, virtual ignoring of other creaturely beings, and attitudes toward women, D.
These relationships are ruptured by sin, "by our presuming to take the place of God and refusing to acknowledge our creaturely limitations.
Attending to creaturely modes of being was a way of learning about the being of humans and landforms.
Further, he argues that Leibniz's talk of prime matter in every created monad is inspired by the thirteenth-century doctrine of spiritual matter, but that such talk is simply one way in which Leibniz frames a point that he frequently makes elsewhere--namely, that each creaturely essence incorporates a limitation that is the ultimate source of an original imperfection that affects the creature from the first moment of its existence.
20) The nineteenth-century Russian theologian Metropolitan Philaret poetically depicted the creaturely nothingness relative to God: "The creative word is like an adamantine bridge upon which creatures are placed, and they stand under the abyss of the Divine Infinitude, over the abyss of their own nothingness.
The remainder of the chapter explores the myriad creaturely references in Macbeth as indications of the character's descent into the bestial realm.
Pick, Anat 2011 Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film.
Kierkegaard recognized the limits of much Protestant thought on the relation between creaturely being and divine grace, and even utilized something like the analogia entis, which Przywara helped to reinvigorate for Catholic thought (144).
The efflorescence and one might say completion of recognizably coherent waves of work on ecology, on creaturely life, and on affect, humors, and passions in early modernity offers an opportunity to ask, what now?
It is constantly and ceaselessly sustained and moved by God's self-bestowal even prior to the question (admittedly crucial) of how creaturely freedom reacts to this "engracing" of the world .
Theology is concerned with all things created and uncreated, visible and invisible, and with all things in their particular relations to God and to one another; again, dealing not with the created order in isolation, but the created order in its status as creaturely and therefore radically contingent.
Walter Benjamin; images, the creaturely, and the holy.