Few realize how ecological the vision of Orthodox Christianity really is. Yet it portrays creation as God's epiphany and the human person as a connecting link between creation and Creator. Christian love is manifest 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. 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.
About the Author: Elizabeth Theokritoff is an independent scholar and freelance theological translator from Greek. She holds a doctorate in theology from Oxford and has served as a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge.
As a homeschooler I bought this to assign to my high school students in their study of ecology. The text recommended by their curriculum was really lacking and I'm finding this book to be the perfect replacement to help them develop a solid Orthodox perspective on what it means to live in this world and care for it. I'm also learning quite a lot from it myself.
Elizabeth Theokritoff has produced an in-depth study of the pressing matter of our responsibility toward God's Creation, drawing on Holy Scripture, the teachings of the Church Fathers, and Orthodox liturgical texts. The result is a theological work that is highly relevant, superbly written, and a joy to read. I recommend it most enthusiastically for anyone concerned with the meaning and value of the created world and our place within it. --
A masterful, authoritative, and clear exposition of Orthodoxy's teachings on environmental issues by a leading contemporary theologian. --
Elizabeth Theokritoff is an environmentalist and an Orthodox theologian. She writes compellingly and effectively of how ecology should be the concern of a true believer in God. She draws on Scripture, the Fathers and the lives of the saints to show the ecological vision of the Orthodox Church. A believer in God will treat the earth with fear and respect.