The Goodness of God's Creation

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Father Philip LeMasters

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In The Goodness of God’s Creation Dr Philip LeMasters, Turner Distinguished Professor of Religion and Departmental Chair at McMurray University, makes a great contribution to the understanding of, and living by, Orthodox Christian ethics. Herein he treats--with remarkable balance and sensitivity--such issues as the need for serious and sustained commitment to environmental and physical health;

  • The goodness of sexuality and marriage in a Christian framework, together with the importance of ascetic discipline for spiritual growth...
  • The ambivalent Orthodox attitude toward participation in warfare, with special emphasis on the call to non-resistance to evil...
  • The importance of fasting in fulfilling our Christian obligation to the poor, “the least” of Christ’s brethren.

The author calls on primary sources to illuminate his discussion: Scripture and the (particularly Eastern or Greek) Church Fathers, to which he adds pertinent insights from contemporary Orthodox theologians.

"This is a fine book is in depth yet wholly accessible and a pleasure to read. The Goodness of God’s Creation offers an excellent overview of Orthodox approaches to some of today’s most urgent and critical moral issues. It insights and pastoral relevance make it invaluable reading for lay persons, students of theology, pastors, and theologians, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox. We are deeply indebted to Dr LeMasters for this book, as for his earlier studies in Christian ethics. It deserves – and I hope will receive and inform – a wide audience."
-Rev Dr John Breck Professor of Bioethics St. Sergius Theological Institute

About The Author

The Rev. Dr. Philip LeMasters is Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. He holds a B. A. (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Baylor University, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in Christian Theology and Ethics from Duke University. A member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion, his many previous publications in moral theology include Toward a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage, and Sex (Light and Life Publishing Company, 2004) and essays and reviews in journals such as Theology Today, Worship, and St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly. After completing the St. Stephen’s Course in Orthodox Theology through the Antiochian House of Studies, he earned an M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the University of Balamand (Lebanon). A priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, he serves at St. Luke Orthodox Church in Abilene.


  • The Incarnation and the Environment
  • Is Marriage Unclean?
  • Healthcare and Theosis
  • May Christians Kill?
  • Fasting and the Poor