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

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


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Can Orthodox Christianity offer spiritual resources uniquely suited to the environmental concerns of today? This book makes the case emphatically that it can indeed. In addition to being the first substantial and comprehensive collection of essays, in any language, to address environmental issues from the Orthodox point of view, this volume (with contributions from many of the most influential theologians and philosophers in contemporary world Orthodoxy) will engage a wide audience, in academic as well as popular circles—resonating not only with Orthodox audiences but with all those in search of a fresh approach to environmental theory and ethics that can bring to bear the resources of ancient spirituality, often virtually unknown in the West, on modern challenges and dilemmas.

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ISBN-13: 9780823251452
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought
Edition description: Signed
Pages: 508
Sales rank: 710,571
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis is Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne and a clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, where he serves as theological advisor in the office of Inter Orthodox and ecumenical relations. He is also theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental affairs. He studied in Athens and Oxford, as well as taught in Sydney and Boston. The author of numerous books and articles on Orthodox theology, spirituality, and ecology, he has edited three volumes containing the selected writings of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (Fordham University Press, 2010–12) and co-edited the signature anthology on Orthodoxy and the environment, Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (Fordham). He lives in Harpswell, Maine.

Bruce Foltz is Professor of Philosophy at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Founding President of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy. He is the author of Inhabiting the Earth: Heidegger, Environmental Ethics, and the Metaphysics of Nature (Humanities Press)
and The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible (Fordham University Press), as well as coeditor of Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (Fordham University Press). He is finishing a new monograph to be called Nature and Other Modern Idolatries.

His all Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians, is the 270th successor of St. Andrew the Apostle, who founded the 2,000-year-old Church of Constantinople. For his efforts to raise environmental awareness, he was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people.

Bill McKibben is an environmentalist, journalist, and author of over fifteen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He founded the grassroots climate campaign 350 .org. In 2012, he was keynote speaker at the Halki Summit.

Table of Contents

Prefatory Letter by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Foreword by Bill McKibben

Introduction: "The Sweetness of Heaven Overflows onto the Earth": Orthodox Christianity and Environmental Thought
John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz

I. "Knowledge United to God": Environment, Nature, and Creation in Patristic Thought
The Logoi of Beings in Greek Patristic Thought
David Bradshaw
Hierarchy and Love in St. Dionysius the Areopagite
Eric D. Perl
The Beauty of the World and Its Significance in St. Gregory the Theologian
John Anthony McGuckin
Natural Contemplation in St. Maximus the Confessor and St. Isaac the Syrian
Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen)
Man and Cosmos in St. Maximus the Confessor
Andrew Louth

II. "The Heart That Receives": Environment, Nature, and Creation In Twentieth-Century Orthodox Thought
Ecology, Theology, and the World
Savas Agouridis
Through Creation to the Creator
Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia
Creation as Communion in Contemporary Orthodox Theology
Aristotle Papanikolaou
The Theological-Ethical Contributions of Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov) to Environmental Issues
Perry T. Hamalis
The Cosmology of the Eucharist
George Theokritoff
"A 'Tradition' That Never Existed": Orthodox Christianity and the Failure of Environmental History
Jurretta Jordan Heckscher
A New Heaven and a New Earth: Orthodox Christian Insights from Theology, Spirituality, and the Sacraments
John Chryssavgis
Proprietors or Priests of Creation?
Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon

III. "Love Comes from Meeting God": Historical, Theological, and Philosophical Dimensions Sedimentation of Meaning in the Concepts of Nature and the Environment
James Carey
Existential versus Regulative Approaches: The Environmental Issue as an Existential and Not a Canonical Problem
Christos Yannaras
Nature and Creation: A Comment on the Environmental Problem from a Philosophical and Theological Standpoint
Nikos Nissiotis
Physis and Ktisis: Two Different Ways of Thinking of the World
John Panteleimon Manoussakis
Human Image, World Image: The Renewal of Sacred Cosmology
Philip Sherrard
Environment and Security: Toward a Systemic Crisis of Humanity?
Costa Carras
Church Walls and Wilderness Boundaries: Defining the Spaces of Sanctuary
L. Michael Harrington
Orthodoxy and Ecopoetics: The Green World in the Desert Sea
Alfred K. Siewers
Perspectives on Orthodoxy, Evolution, and Ecology
Gayle E. Woloschak
Ecology, Morality, and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century: The Earth in the Hands of the Sons of Noah
H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.

IV. "Sweetness Overflowing onto the Earth": Insights from Orthodox Spirituality
The Fragile Surround
Scott Cairns
Liturgy, Cosmic Worship, and Christian Cosmology
Elizabeth Theokritoff
"All Creation Rejoices in You": Creation in the Liturgies for the Feasts of the Theotokos
Christina M. Gschwandtner
Traces of Divine Fragrance, Droplets of Divine Love: On the Beauty of Visible Creation
Bruce V. Foltz
Natural and Supernatural Revelation in Early Irish and Greek Monastic Thought: A Comparative Approach
Chrysostomos Koutloumousianos
Ecology and Monasticism
Archimandrite Vasileios
The Prophetic Charisma in Pastoral Theology: Asceticism, Fasting, and the Ecological Crisis
Anestis Keselopoulos
The Spirit of God Moved upon the Face of the Waters: Orthodox Holiness and the Natural World
Donald Sheehan

A. Vespers for the Environment
Translated by Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash)
B. Environment, Nature, and Creation in Orthodox Thought: A Bibliography of Texts in English
Compiled by John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz
C. Glossary
Compiled by Nicholas R. Anton

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