The Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire

Welcome. For more than 40 years I have been addressing ecological issues from a Christian theological perspective. In my retirement, I still feel called to be an ecological theologian. On this website I provide information about myself, my background, my writings, and themes that continue to be of interest to me. If you think I might be of any assistance to you in your setting, do not hesitate to contact me.

A frequent speaker at church assemblies and in college, university, and seminary settings, H. Paul Santmire has been a leader in the field of ecological theology for more than forty years, beginning with his groundbreaking book, Brother Earth: Nature, God, and Ecology in a Time of Crisis (1970).

Dr. Santmire’s historical study of Christian theologies of nature, The Travail of Nature: the Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology (1985), was praised by critics and leaders in the field such as Lynn White, Jr. and John B. Cobb, Jr. He outlined his own theology of nature in Nature Reborn: the Ecological and Cosmic Promise of Christian Theology (2000). His next book, Ritualizing Nature: Renewing Christian Liturgy in a Time of Crisis (2008), explores the ecological meanings of Christian worship practices.  His most recent book, Before Nature:  A Christian Spirituality (2014), brings his life’s work in ecological theology to a personal, spiritual conclusion.

A Harvard-educated teacher and practitioner, Dr. Santmire has served as Chaplain and Lecturer in Religion and Biblical Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, as the Pastor of an inner-city congregation in Hartford, Connecticut, and as the Senior Pastor of a historic metropolitan church in Akron, Ohio. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he is now retired, and lives and writes in the Boston area.

For a more extensive description of Dr. Santmire’s please visit this page: professional trajectory. His bibliography can be downloaded (PDF file) here.