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The Blue Sapphire of the MindNotes for a Contemplative Ecology$
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Douglas E. Christie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812325.001.0001

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Logos: The Song of the World

Logos: The Song of the World

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(p.179) 6 Logos: The Song of the World
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The Blue Sapphire of the Mind
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Douglas E. Christie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812325.003.0006

This chapter explores whether it is still meaningful to conceive of the world as expressive of speech, and whether we still possess the capacity to hear and respond to it. And whether the traditions of contemplative thought and practice—both those rooted in explicitly religious and spiritual traditions and those arising within the ecological and literary discourse of the present moment—can help us retrieve a meaningful sense of the world as rich with speech. Particular attention is given the Christian understanding of logos (word), understood as the generative utterance through which the universe came into being and by which it is sustained.

Keywords:   natural world, voice, word, speech, contemplation

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