4.97: Is There Hope For Creation?

Co-hosts speak with Ellen Davis, professor at Duke Divinity School, asking, "Is There Hope For Creation?"


In this episode, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston gather to answer the listener submitted questions. Guest, Ellen F. Davis, is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School.

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Genesis

Topics, themes and figures mentioned

  • Creation
  • Earth
  • Farming
  • Land
  • Canaan
  • Iowa
  • Egypt
  • Mesopotamia
  • Literary Context
  • Territory
  • Authority of God
  • Habitat Destruction
  • Repentance
  • Climate Change
  • Vocation
  • Adam
  • Observe
  • Preserve
  • Law of God
  • Fertile Soil
  • Despair
  • Climate Activism
  • Realistic Hope
  • Exile

Resources mentioned

Full Transcript

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by

Ellen Davis
Duke Divinity School faculty

Ellen F. Davis


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Ellen F. Davis

Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School.

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Hosted By:

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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