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"In Creation Untamed, Terry Fretheim adjusts his goggles and dives head first into the swirling storm of practical biblical and theological questions that we all ask about God, tragedy, and suffering. Fretheim admits that the Bible cannot provide all the answers. Mysteries remain. Yet Fretheim skillfully guides the reader through the dark and choppy waters of theology and suffering, suggesting helpful ways to move and warning against less promising ways of understanding. This book is deeply biblical, highly practical, and richly theological. Highly recommended!"--Dennis Olson, Princeton Theological Seminary

"There is no issue in contemporary faith more vexing than how we are to understand God's will and action in the event of natural disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes, wildfires and floods. Fortunately for readers, there is no more reliable guide for thinking biblically about these issues than Terence Fretheim. In this thoughtful and compact volume, Fretheim helps us not only to see clearly our own created vulnerability but also to encounter biblical testimony to a God who becomes vulnerable with us."--Bruce C. Birch, Wesley Theological Seminary

"Who better than Fretheim to take up the hard contemporary question concerning the destructive forces on exhibit in creation! The author has spent his life thinking about these issues and reading these old texts forward toward our time and place. He begins with the conviction of the goodness of God's creation, and from there he launches into the dangers of reality and takes us with him."--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Terence Fretheim explores the biblical materials to grapple with the devastation of natural disasters. He encourages readers to reconsider their traditional understanding of the relationship between God and suffering. I enthusiastically recommend Creation Untamed to all who want to be honest with the Bible and with life."--Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

About the Author

Terence E. Fretheim (ThD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Elva B. Lovell Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he taught for over fifty years. He is the author of more than twenty books, including commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, First and Second Kings, and Jeremiah and God and World in the Old Testament, The Suffering of God, and The Pentateuch.
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Product Details

  • Series: Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801038936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801038938
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you struggle with why storms and natural disasters occur in this world if God is in charge? Fretheim writes one of the best and most compelling and readable explanations I have found.

He shows that God set up the creation in a certain way, with certain rules, and certain freedoms given to His creatures, that in some situations, He cannot stop what is going to happen without violating the rules of His own creation.

Therefore, when bad things happen, God is not to blame.

I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand why bad things happen in this world.
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This book answers a lot of questions that many people are asking, especially with the Japan Earthquake this morning. Though Terence E. Fretheim aligns himself more with process theology, he is easily one of my favorite theologians and Old Testament scholars. This is a must read for everyone genuinely seeking answers to questions. Reformed believers beware...this is not a book for those who adhere to doctrinal views derived from Greek Philosophy (Augustinian, Calvinist, etc.).
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This book by Fretheim deals with theological questions that often arise in religious circles, such as, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" "Is God punishing us?" Frethiem deals with these mysteries in a scholarly and insightful manner from the perspective of his studies of the Old Testament and its theology. From a perspective of contemporary theology based on scholarly biblical criticism Fretheim gives new insight into ancient questions.
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Terence does a great job communicating the intricacies of the creation narrative and identifies how we as humans play a part in that creation. Terence also shows how creation (water, wind, tree, etc...) also play a part in the creation narrative. This book helps to show that although natural disasters happen, and God 'allows' them to happen, He does not always cause them to happen.

If you are wondering how to talk to people about natural disaster and the Christian response, this book would be a great resource for you.
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This work from Fretheim is a very well written insight into the way in which God is at work in our world. Fretheim's critical and comprehensive approach to the scriptures offer a protection for conceiving of a God who works in, under, and through the agents of continuing creation. I particularly am thankful for the clear language of this work. Creation Untamed is a balance of scholarly inquiry and the every day language of the Christian life.
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Provocative! The reader is pulled right into the hypothesis, which is that creation continues to evolve. And through our relationships we affect that
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Did grab my attention. Served its purpose and helped me pass my course. Would not buy for personal read if it was not required for class.
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