A Christian View of Nature

A Christian View of Nature

by G. K. Chesterton

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our MOTHER: Nature is our SISTER. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate. This gives to the typically Christian pleasure in this earth a strange touch of lightness that is almost frivolity. Nature was a solemn mother to the worshipers of Isis and Cybele. Nature was a solemn mother to Wordsworth or to Emerson. But Nature is not solemn to Francis of Assisi or to George Herbert. To St. Francis, Nature is a sister, and even a younger sister: a little, dancing sister, to be laughed at as well as loved.”

― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

for more about this refer to G. K. Chesterton book Orthodoxy (free download)

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