The Natural World: A Theological Medium

Wind, water, wildlife, and all of the other compositions that make up the natural world are continuously meditated upon, its manifestations seen through a romantic lens. The natural world, its phenomena, the forces which govern it and that which inhabits it are all elements that are universally recognized and understood through a variety of perspectives. The intangibility of the true inner workings of these seemingly divine acts created a wide measure of accessibility through which to approach the subject and interpret it. Due to this fact, its utilization as a medium through which to profess or propose spiritual and religious ideologies and beliefs, both through means of both exploitation and appreciation, channeling the expression of the author’s theological musings to its readers.

Some interpretations are somewhat blunt in their addressing of the subject, seeing them as direct causes of a divine presence instead of allusions. This somewhat exploitative use of the natural elements allows for a more straight-forward expression of doctrinal ideology by robbing it of any other relations with other sources or causes opting for a linear discernment. As an example of such action: “God sends down water from the sky this there is a sign for those who would take thought” (“The Qur’an,” 16. The Bee, 359).This piece from the Qur’an encapsulates this exploitative use of nature. It evokes a quite literal and devote understanding of the topic with little flexibility for anything beyond its own comprehension.

The elements outlined: rain, cattle and its milk, “fruits of the palm and the vine”, and bees are all seen as direct manifestations of God and his will towards men. This idea is one that is to be taken on by those practicing the faith in a manner which somewhat abandons the objective understanding of the subject in favor for a purely doctrinal one. Another example of blunt interpretation is found within the interpretations of…