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Nature, God, and Pulpit


Eerdmans 1992

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Nature, God, and Pulpit collects and interprets the biblical texts on the relationship between God and creation. Designed for the church body and especially for preachers, this book is particularly timely because, as Elizabeth Achtemeier points out, few subjects have been more neglected and less examined by American pulpits than the relation between nature and God.

Clearly articulating what the Bible says about the material world and God’s relation to it, Achtemeier responds to recent discussion of biblical ecology and critiques today’s many popular theologies of nature. This distillation of her findings is a treasure trove of material for sermons and pastoral work relating to God and creation. Her passionate call for preachers to thoroughly examine and preach the Bible will inspire a celebration of how God relates to the material world.

While written primarily for preachers, Nature, God, and Pulpit provides provocative reading for many others as well—seminarians, homiletics students, teachers, and anyone who wishes to better understand the Christian view of the bond between creator and creation.

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Key Features

  • Examines what the Bible says about the material world
  • Highlights God’s relationship to his creation
  • Helps readers to see God at the center of creation
  • Equips preachers to cover these issues in their churches

Praise for the Print Edition

Elizabeth Achtemeier offers in this thoroughly researched and cogently written work a telling homiletical corrective to contemporary preaching’s penchant for avoiding conversation about the relationship between God and the natural world. With both polemics and apologetics, Achtemeier exposes pantheistic and New Age heresies. Here critique and solution are presented biblically, theologically, and practically with specific advice to the modern preacher on how science, nature, and the gospel can be held together in creative tension in the modern pulpit. Without question I consider this book to be a landmark study on this subject.

—William J. Carl III, author, Preaching Christian Doctrine

Achtemeier writes with both a flair and a passion. She moves sure-footedly through Old and New Testament materials in shaping and sharing a comprehensive understanding of creation. . . . Offering solid biblical exegesis, scientific awareness, and reflective meditation, she enables a contemporary person to perceive creation as theocentric. One learns, participates, and worships in the reading of this insightful material.

—Stanley A. Nelson, senior professor of theology, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

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About Elizabeth Achtemeier

Elizabeth Achtemeier was adjunct professor of Bible and homiletics at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

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