The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Debunking disaster myths

Theologian explores the nature of God's power in disasters

Just as Job learned much about the Creator's nature when God spoke from the "whirlwind," so can we when it comes to examining faith in light of recent natural disasters.

Human suffering and natural disasters show a complex but grace-filled relationship between humanity and God, ELCA theologian Terence E. Fretheim said at the April meeting of the Ecumenical Roundtable on Faith, Science and Technology in Chicago.

designpicsThe roundtable, hosted by the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology, brings together scientists and theologians to talk about the implications of science and technology for Christian faith and life.

Fretheim, author of Creation Untamed: The Bible, God and Natural Disasters (Baker Academic, 2010), said recent surveys suggest that more than half of U.S. Christians believe God controls everything in nature. Roughly 29 percent believe God punishes nations through disasters.

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