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By John J. O'Meara

The 9th-century Irish student Johannes Scottus Eriugena's major paintings, Periphyseon (de devisione naturae) is a impressive try out at an highbrow synthesis among the Bible and neoplatonist philosophy. O'Meara has introduced jointly the result of the latest examine during this research of Eriugena's Irish heritage, existence in France, and occupation as a instructor, controversialist, translator, and poet. The ebook additionally includes a longer and cautious precis of the Periphyseon and the 1st translation into English of the Homily at the Prologue to St. John's Gospel

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Eriugena

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I fell twice into prickly pears, their thorns driving into the soft center of my palm. It took a good thirty minutes to get everything set up. Finally, blessedly, I was able to turn off the lantern, but the darkness offered little comfort. I lay on my back for only a few minutes before I was up again, peering through the mesh at the invisible prairie. The painful throbbing in my hand was getting worse. I felt, as I said, vulnerable and exposed and alone. I yearned for the morning, my first glimpse of the open grasslands.

How is it possible to live successfully within those contradictions, to live ‘‘lodged’’ between earth and sky, between stillness and motion? These were some of the questions I carried with me from the Badlands to Dan O’Brien’s ranch, just north of Sturgis, South Dakota. *** I drove up the mile-long gravel driveway, Bear Butte towering a thousand feet over the acres of emerald grass, and parked in front of a small ranch house. That day in June 1994 Dan was between movie work in Colorado and a fishing trip to Montana and would be leaving the ranch before dawn the next morning.

We will live out our lives in the center of the continent, surrounded by the movement of birds. 12 O’Brien’s desire to merge with wildness is nothing new in American nature writing. It is, however, newly applied to the contemporary American grasslands. If David Orr is right, if by extinguishing Reaching Yarak 39 native plant and animal life we are waging ‘‘a war against the very sources of mind,’’ then no American population is in more psychological and spiritual jeopardy than those of us living in the Midwest and Great Plains.

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