Issue 119 The Wonder of Creation

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Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada, California, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC / Art Resource, NY

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“Our garden must be God’s garden”

The Bruderhof sought a life in harmony with God and nature

Charles E. Moore

Reading the “book of nature”

Christianity and the Scientific Revolution

Edward B. Davis

A cathedral, a retreat, a challenge

American Methodists worshiped in God’s creation even as they looked to the world beyond

Russell E. Richey

Heaven under our Feet

What did the son of a pencil-maker have in common with the Transcendentalists?

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Cosmic worship, sanctified matter, transfigured vision

Christian poets, mystics, priests, and preachers encourage us to worship God by experiencing his creation

Kathleen A. Mulhern

The heavens declare the glory of God

Monks and nuns left us a legacy of spirituality honoring God’s creation

Glenn E. Myers

Canticle of the Creatures

A hymn of praise to God for the creatures he made

Francis of Assisi

All life has its roots in me

Hildegard personifies the fire of God’s Spirit in this excerpt from her Book of Divine Works

Hildegard of Bingen

Did you know?

Christians have praised the display of God’s presence in the natural world since the beginning of the church

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to Christian History

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Editor’s Note

What I learned from getting back to the land about goats, strawberries, and God

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Cows and pigs, not leprechauns: Celts and creation

Celtic religion had an agricultural tinge.

Garry Crites

Getting back to the land

How do we care for God’s creation?

Ellen F. Davis

The Flower (excerpts)

A poem from The Temple (1633)

George Herbert

Timeline

Christians have talked about God’s creation as an inspiration and a responsibility for 2,000 years

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God’s Grandeur

A poem written in 1877 and published after Hopkins’s death in Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1918)

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Fellow travelers?

Modern nature activism includes some writers and thinkers strongly influenced by Christian faith

Matt Forster

Something here sounds familiar

An evangelical professor responds to Pope Francis’s call for creation care

Loren Wilkinson

Recommended resources

Where can you go to learn more about the relationship between Christians and God’s creation? Here are some recommendations from CH editorial staff and this issue’s authors

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