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In Christ & Culture podcast with Dr. Ken Keathley, we explore how the Christian faith intersects all avenues of today’s culture through conversations with leading thinkers.
Today’s Episode: How can we unite the mind and heart in our understanding of natural revelation? Hannah and Nathan Anderson, author and illustrator of Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit, join us today to discuss their book, their faith stories, and the importance of art and nature in the Christian life.
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This was more of a practical theology of engaging in the world around us.
On Turning of Days as a “practical theology.”
“This was more of a practical theology of engaging in the world around us, and what we had hoped came through was our own affection and conversation with the natural world around us.”
Hannah Anderson on how their love for the natural world brought them together.
“There are lots of people who shared the spiritual context and the desire to know God or pursue ministry. But the thing that tipped it over for us to connect and eventually be married was that we both had this language and lexicon of the natural world. These two shaping influences that for us God providentially allowed to overlap was a deep rootedness in the Scripture at the same time we had a deep rootedness in the natural world. That brought us together…we spoke the same language. But it took us a little while for us to realize that this was not a commonly experienced thing — to have this layering of general revelation and specific revelation on top of each other in our own shaping forces, it took us a while to understand what a gift that was.
“What readers read in this book is really not just our particular affections so much as the way we were shaped and formed even from childhood. That’s why we dedicated it to our parents because we believe the choices that they made have resulted not just in our marriage but in our vocation and our ability to carry this forward.”
God has chosen to reveal himself in things that seem at odds.
Hannah Anderson on the paradox of God’s revelation.
“God has chosen to reveal himself through his word, through specific revelation, and he teaches us truths and clearly delineated things about himself within the Scripture. And yet that very same Scripture also tells us explicitly that God reveals himself within the creation, within the natural world. We see this in Psalm 19… and Romans 1… and in Job…. This first paradox we have to grapple with is that God has chosen to reveal himself in things that seem at odds — something that is using words, ideas and clear explicit revelation, and something in creation, in the natural world that’s not using words…. The challenge for us is to find the way to honor both of these. The temptation is to choose one over the other.”
Nathan Anderson on faith and art.
“Churches need to celebrate the arts more.”