This book was written during the lockdown caused by the Covid crisis: streets were emptied, churches closed down, and a relationship with nature developed in which new questions arose: is God present in nature? Is communion with God in nature possible? Is there a relationship between the God of creation, the God of history and the God we worship in Sunday liturgies.
Author Dermot Lane says we need to flip the way we regard nature–traditionally as a resource for human needs–and embrace a new way of praising God through an appreciation of and care for the myriad of life forms on earth.
The overall result of these explorations is the outline of a new theology of nature praising God, with lessons for the way we worship God in our churches today.
Dermot A Lane is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin and former President of Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University. His publications include The Experience of God, Keeping Hope Alive, Stepping Stones to Other Religions, and Theology and Ecology in Dialogue.