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In 2014, Dr. Santmire’s book, Before Nature: A Christian Spirituality, was published by Fortress Press.

“No author in English is more important than Paul Santmire in the field of Christian theology of nature. Before Nature is a beautiful culmination of Santmire’s nearly half a century of writings on the topic. While being through and through a theology of nature, this book is at once a moving spiritual autobiography, a creative exploration of the doctrine of the Trinity, and an admirably practical guide to prayer.”
—John F. Hoffmeyer
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

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