While reading Cavendish’s “It Is Hard to Believe that there Are Other Worlds in this World,” I got the impression that Cavendish is attempting to portray humans as imperfect and flawed. Here, Cavendish claims:
For many things our senses dull may scape,– Cavendish, “It Is Hard to Believe”
For they’re too gross to know each form and shape.
Cavendish presents an image of people as clumsy, imprecise instruments, unsuited to certain parts of their world. This seems to challenge the the Christian assumptions that humans are perfectly created in God’s image. Instead of celebrating our supremacy, Cavendish appears to highlight our flaws. Is this her intention? In any case, she uses this image to provide a basis for faith as a system for understanding supernatural or unexplainable phenomenon. Is this a method for Cavendish to form a philosophy that sits between religion and science? Is she orienting her scientific worldview within a religious framework?