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Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation

John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz


Can Orthodox Christianity offer unique spiritual resources especially suited to the environmental concerns of today? This book makes the case that yes, it can. This book helps answer a worldly question: why has Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch and spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide, been such a standout figure among religious leaders in his call for environmental care? This book boasts some of the most important voices within contemporary Orthodox thought both in North America and in Europe. The conclusions it presents offer a rich display of Orthodox thinking.

Keywords: Orthodox Christianity, environmental concerns, Bartholomew, environmental care, Orthodox thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251445
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Chryssavgis, editor
Greek Orthodox Church in America

Bruce V. Foltz, editor
Eckard College

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Part I “Knowledge United to God”: Environment, Nature, and Creation In Patristic Thought

Part II “The Heart That Receives”: Environment, Nature, and Creation in Twentieth-Century Orthodox Thought

Through Creation to the Creator

Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia

The Cosmology of the Eucharist

George Theokritoff

Proprietors or Priests of Creation?

Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon

Part III “Love Comes from Meeting God”: Historical, Theological, and Philosophical Dimensions

Part IV “Sweetness Overflowing onto the Earth”: Insights from Orthodox Spirituality

The Fragile Surround

Scott Cairns

Ecology and Monasticism

Archimandrite Vasileios