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The Gratitude of the Suffering Earth

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This is the full recording of a lecture given by Professor John Behr, LSRI Visiting Research Fellow, at the University of Oxford, 20th May 2021.


“Human beings are suffering earth” (The Epistle of Barnabas, 6.34). What insight does this statement from the early second century provide regarding what it means to be human? And how does our “suffering earth” relate to the groaning of creation, mentioned by Paul, as it awaits the revelation of the children of God? Exploring some early texts from the Christian tradition, Professor Behr opens up an unexpected dimension of gratitude as this “suffering earth” learns to become that to which it is called.