Concordia Seminary offers free Bible study tied to solar eclipse

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is offering a free Bible study: “The Great American Eclipse and Our Creaturely Sense of Wonder.”

In anticipation of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse — called by some “The Great American Eclipse” due to its rarity — Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, produced a Bible study: “The Great American Eclipse and Our Creaturely Sense of Wonder.”

The free Bible study, written by the Rev. Dr. Charles P. Arand, invites congregations, small groups and individuals to explore our “sense of wonder” in God’s creation through Scripture. It is designed as a one-day study, but may be extended into two or three sessions.

All of North America was able to see an eclipse of the sun Aug. 21. The path of totality — where the moon completely covers the sun — crossed the United States from West to East, from Oregon to South Carolina.

Some 70 miles wide, the path of totality passed through 14 states. The last total eclipse in the contiguous United States was in 1979.

“Events like the Great American Eclipse may capture our attention because they seem so rare, so out of the ordinary, indeed, extraordinary,” writes Arand, who is the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology, dean of Theological Research and Publication, and director of the seminary’s Center for the Care of Creation. “And there is nothing wrong with being fascinated by events like total solar eclipses.

“But we also shouldn’t forget that our world is filled with wonders all around us.”

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Posted August 15, 2017 / Updated August 25, 2017

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3 Responses to Concordia Seminary offers free Bible study tied to solar eclipse

  1. August 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    It should also be noted that the size and distance of the sun and moon relative to the earth is near perfect to produce total solar eclipses. Not only that, but we’ve used eclipses to observe the sun’s corona, discover helium, and confirm general relativity. This is just one of the “Privileged Planet” insights that suggests conspiracy rather than coincidence and can be used as an apologetic to show God’s handiwork in nature and perhaps His ordering of nature for our benefit.

  2. Doug Koehler August 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you Professor.

  3. Kert Lauterbach August 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    The Inuit regions of Northern Canada will be able to see the eclipse?

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