Living in God?s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology
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by Elizabeth Theokritoff 210 pp.
Few realize how ecological the vision of Orthodox Christianity really is. Yet it portrays creation as an epiphany of God, and the human person as a workshop of unity, a connecting link uniting creation and Creator. This lofty ideal is to be achieved at a very practical level: we are to manifest our love for God, for other people, and for the world, through “the right use of material things.” To communicate this vision, Elizabeth Theokritoff draws on ancient sources?the Fathers, the liturgy, and saints’ lives?on modern commentators, and on practical examples from our lived experience. She presents fresh wisdom and insight into Orthodox tradition in a way that is both accessible and relevant to theologians and non-theologians. The thematic arrangement makes it a convenient resource for teachers. It is compelling reading, and demonstrates that environmental concerns have deep roots in Christian tradition.