Before Nature caps a set of themes first brought to the fore in Santmire's previous work, most notably the classic Travail of Nature. Here Santmire continues the pursuit of a theology bound up with nature and its condition, especially the fragility and fervent expectation of nature's redemption. Out of this concern, Santmire invites readers on a theological and spiritual journey to a prayerful and contemplative knowledge of the Triune God, in which practitioners are inducted into a bountiful relationship with the cosmic and universal ministry of Christ and the Spirit uniting all of nature in a single vision of hope and anticipation. Scholarly, practical, and accessible.
Prologue; Part 1: Considering the Journey; 1. Blessedly Scything with God: You Are Invited; 2. Introducing a Way of Prayer; 3. The World in Which We Pray; Part 2: The First Steps of the Journey; 4. Praying to Jesus; 5. The Ambiguous Case of One Who Prays to Jesus; Part 3: Contemplating the Triune God; 6. The Heart of the Trinity Prayer; 7. The Presence of the Triune God in Nature; 8. The Works of the Triune God in Nature; Part 4: Calling on the Holy Spirit; 9. Calling on the Holy Spirit; 10. Sauntering in the Spirit; Epilogue; Appendix; Index.