Living in God's Creation: The Ecological Vision of Orthodox Christianity, by Elizabeth Theokritoff
Living in God's Creation: The Ecological Vision of Orthodox Christianity is a compelling reading, and demonstrates that environmental concerns have deep roots in Christian tradition. 232pp Paper
Foundations Series Book 4 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. 232pp Paper (2009)
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction
Themes in the Church Fathers
The Ascetic Tradition and the Use of the World
The Saints and Their Environment
God's Creation in Orthodox Worship
Sacramental Life and Sacramental Living
Themes in Contemporary Orthodox Theology
In Conclusion - Living in God's Creation
Foundations Series Testifying to the faith and creativity of the Orthodox Christian Church, the Foundations series draws upon the riches of its tradition to address the modern world. These survey texts are suitable both for preliminary inquiry and deeper investigation, in the classroom or for personal study.
About the Author(s) Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff is an independent scholar and theological translator. She has lectured at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, and written widely on liturgical theology and Christian ecology. She has contributed chapters to S.T. Kimbrough (ed.), Orthodox and Wesleyan Scriptural Understanding and Practice (2005), and Lukas Vischer (ed.), Witnessing in the Midst of a Suffering Creation (2007).