Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters
Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters

Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters

in Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic

by Terence E. Fretheim

Pages 176
Publisher Baker Academic
Published 2010
ISBN-13 9780801038938
Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes have plagued the earth throughout history. What is God's role in natural disasters and the human suffering they cause? This is a vexing perennial question. When destruction occurs due to "forces of nature," is the hand of God visiting judgment on a particularly sinful people, or has God simply left humanity to fend for itself?

The Bible often speaks of natural disasters, but its insights have been insufficiently explored. In Creation Untamed, leading Old Testament theologian Terence Fretheim offers fresh readings of familiar Old Testament passages--creation, the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the plagues of Egypt, the suffering of Job, and the biblical laments--to provide biblical resources for working through this topic. He presents an understanding of creation as good, but not perfect; examines the human experience of suffering; and explores the role of humans in the creative process. Fretheim shows the God of the Bible to be a compassionate, suffering, relational God, one we can turn to in prayer in times of disaster.

Rich in biblical insight, theological nuance, and pastoral wisdom, this accessibly written volume will benefit anyone thinking about the God of the Bible in relation to human suffering. It will appeal to students in courses on Bible, theology, or pastoral care as well as to pastors and thoughtful lay readers.

  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. God Created the World Good, Not Perfect
  • 2. The God of the Flood Story and Natural Disasters
  • 3. Natural Disasters, the Will of the Creator, and the Suffering of Job
  • 4. Suffering and the God of the Old Testament
  • 5. God, Faith, and the Practice of Prayer
  • Conclusion
  • Index

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