Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary

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The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary. Edited by Norman C. Habel, David Rhoads, and H. Paul Santmire. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-8006-9657-3. vi and 234 pages. Paper. $35.00.

The Season of Creation is designed to amplify liturgical attention to God's creation by focusing four worship services per year on the theme of creation, our relationship to creation, and through creation to our relationship with God. It is intended to augment the Revised Common Lectionary, with three cycles of four weeks each. Additional liturgical resources are available at http://seasonofcreation.com.

Part One of the book covers background, both historical (such as the season's origins in Australia and in Dimitrios I of Constantinople declaring September 1 to be "Creation Day") and theological (making the case for lifting up the idea of God as creator, discussing the ways the parts of the order can be understood as pointing to God the creator, and calling for a scriptural hermeneutic that eschews anthropocentrism). I find these pieces to be the most valuable, especially their trinitarian understanding of Christ's role in creation. …

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