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About Dr. William P. Brown

William P. Brown is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  His teaching and writings explore the intersecting issues of creation theology, ecology, science, and justice from biblical perspectives.  He is the author of A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis (WJK), Wisdom’s Wonder (Eerdmans), The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (OUP), and Seeing the Psalms (WJK), as well as editor of Engaging Biblical Authority (WJK).  Bill was recently a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton (, where he worked collaboratively with scientists, philosophers, and ethicists exploring the “societal implications of astrobiology.”  He is currently working on a major commentary on the Psalms.  Bill is an avid Sunday School teacher and was a founding member of Earth Covenant Ministry, an organization of Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area dedicated to creation care that is now part of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL).  Gail and Bill are active at North Decatur Presbyterian Church and have two grown daughters, Ella and Hannah. Bill is currently teaching from home in Montreat, NC, where he and Gail are residing during the pandemic.

Lecture Schedule

Lecture 1   Ancient Israel’s Pain and Our Pain: Life Disrupted

Lecture 2   The Cry of Lament: The Psalms

Lecture 3   The “Wilderness Pandemic”: Israel’s Wandering and Ours

Lecture 4   The Cry of Creation: Extinction within the Temple of Life

Lecture 5   Job’s Suffering and the Tempest of Life 

Lecture 6   The Cross and the New Creation

Webinar Info

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Webinar Notes:

  • When you join this Zoom webinar, it will look different from our other Zoom classes. This series is set up as a webinar which means you will only see the panelists, not all the attendees. The panelists will be Prof. Brown, Rev. Hoyt, and Rev. Putnam. 

  • All attendees will remain muted during the webinar. 

  • At the end of the presentation, there will be a Q&A session. To come on the screen and ask Prof. Brown a question, use the “raise your hand” button. To type out a question, use the Q&A box. If you request to come on screen, we will “promote” you to panelist status while you ask your question, then return you to attendee status after your question is answered. 

  • We will review these instructions as the webinar begins.