What is the meaning of “screen” in this contexts? And what is for an screen to be elementary? Screen has two main meanings: monitor and partition. None of them seems to fit in this context.

As weather reveals one of the most open, unpredictable, and uncontrollable dimensions of life, its uncertainty has been interpreted in the Jewish-Christian tradition as an elementary screen for interaction between creation and the Creator. As such, weather, although it certainly does not do anything other than weathering, has also served as a screen for the projection of God’s presence and moral relation to his/ her created beings.

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    Further down it says weather served as a screen for the projection [of God's presence], which should be enough to show what kind of metaphoric sense is intended here (cinematic projection). I think most people would use backdrop for the sense intended here though. It's "elementary", because that's how we refer to weather (as in to brave the elements = to go out in bad weather). – FumbleFingers Mar 28 at 16:31
  • All the world's a stage. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 28 at 18:37
  • Weather is a means by which a supernatural being could interact with natural beings. Religious believers pray for rain in times of drought, or offer up human sacrifices (less common these days). Terminology that deals with religious belief is often hard to pin down, since the intent and action of supernatural beings must be inferred from observations of the natural world, and the intellectual framework is internal to the believer’s mind. The writer of the quoted passage imagined the supernatural being in a specific way. Others could have used the term faucet or blossom to equal effect. – Global Charm Mar 29 at 0:18

After reading this entire passage, this is my opinion on what it means as a whole. In the simplest form I can conjure:

Weather is the partition between mankind and God.

"Elementary screen" to me means "a simple partition." The meaning of screen here, is refereed to as weather. Weather being the partition that separates/divides us from God (or God's presence as referred to in the passage). One could speculate from there that you could see God's presence through the weather as he created it. This would describe the "interaction between creation and the Creator."

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