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 Post subject: Leon Bloy life quote meaning
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:34 pm 
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the complete secularization of nature is a fact only for
a limited number of moderns— those devoid of all
religious feeling. Despite the deep and sweeping changes
that Christianity made in the religious valorization
of the cosmos and life, it did not reject them.

That the whole of cosmic life can still be felt as
a cipher of the divinity is shows by a
Christian author such as Leon Bloy, when he writes:
“Whether life is in men, in animals, or in plants, it is
always Life, and when the minute, the inapprehensible
point that is called death comes, it is always Jesus who
departs, alike from a tree and from a human being

Eliade, The Sacred And The Profane

Is this idea sound? I've never heard anything like this except from places of dubious orthodoxy. Is human and nonhuman life comparable? What does this quote mean?

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 Post subject: Re: Leon Bloy life quote meaning
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:14 am 
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Whose idea? Bloy's? I can't answer that, because I don't know anything much about him or what he might be getting at there.

Eliade's idea here, though, is pretty clear. IIRC, this might be the chapter that is most seriously engaged with Christianity, and that persistently makes the point about how Christian symbolism and sacramentality continue the traditional view of the sacredness of the cosmos. Think about the subsection on baptism, for example, or the subsection on marriage.

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 Post subject: Re: Leon Bloy life quote meaning
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Bloy's. Hence the thread title. I understand Eliade's point.

Does Jesus depart from trees?

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