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Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration
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There are few topics today that are so timely, and at the same time so momentous, as those concerning our relationship to the natural environment. This publication is the first substantial and most extensive collection of articles, in any language, to address environmental issues from the point of view of Orthodox Christianity. Its contributors include many of the most highly respected as well as influential theologians and philosophers in world Orthodoxy today. In addition, the collection combines new and original contributions with articles that have become classics in Orthodox circles, but which are currently unobtainable because they were first printed in small editions. Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation is a landmark volume and a textbook reference, not just as pointing toward new horizons in environmental thought, but also as a contribution to the admirable effort to reconcile East and West. This is a book that should engage a very wide audience, in academic as well more popular circles—resonating not only with Orthodox audiences, but especially among those in search of a fresh approach to environmental theory that brings to bear the resources of ancient spirituality upon modern perplexities.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Prefatory Letter
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction. “The Sweetness of Heaven Overflows onto the Earth”: Orthodox Christianity and Environmental Thought
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. PART I
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. The Logoi of Beings in GreekPatristic Thought
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. Hierarchy and Love in St. Dionysius the Areopagite
  2. pp. 23-33
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  1. The Beauty of the World and Its Significance in St. Gregory the Theologian
  2. pp. 34-45
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  1. Natural Contemplation in St. Maximus the Confessor and St. Isaac the Syrian
  2. pp. 46-58
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  1. Man and Cosmos in St. Maximus the Confessor
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. PART II
  2. pp. 73-74
  1. Ecology, Theology, and the World
  2. pp. 75-85
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  1. Through Creation to the Creator
  2. pp. 86-105
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  1. Creation as Communion in Contemporary Orthodox Theology
  2. pp. 106-120
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  1. The Theological- Ethical Contributions of Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov) to Environmental Issues
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. The Cosmology of the Eucharist
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. “A ‘Tradition’ That Never Existed”: Orthodox Christianity and the Failures of Environmental History
  2. pp. 136-151
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  1. A New Heaven and a New Earth: Orthodox Christian Insights from Theology, Spirituality, and the Sacraments
  2. pp. 152-162
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  1. Proprietors or Priests of Creation?
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. PART III
  2. pp. 173-174
  1. Sedimentation of Meaning in the Concepts of Nature and the Environment
  2. pp. 175-185
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  1. Existential versus Regulative Approaches: The Environmental Issue as an Existential and Not a Canonical Problem
  2. pp. 186-192
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  1. Nature and Creation: A Comment on the Environmental Problem from a Philosophical and Theological Standpoint
  2. pp. 193-203
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  1. Physis and Ktisis: Two Different Ways of Thinking of the World
  2. pp. 204-209
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  1. Human Image, World Image: The Renewal of Sacred Cosmology
  2. pp. 210-225
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  1. Environment and Security: Toward a Systemic Crisis of Humanity?
  2. pp. 226-234
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  1. Church Walls and Wilderness Boundaries: Defining the Spaces of Sanctuary
  2. pp. 235-242
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  1. Orthodoxy and Ecopoetics: The Green World in the Desert Sea
  2. pp. 243-262
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  1. Perspectives on Orthodoxy, Evolution, and Ecology
  2. pp. 263-275
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  1. Ecology, Morality, and the Challenges of the Twenty- First Century: The Earth in the Hands of the Sons of Noah
  2. pp. 276-290
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  1. PART IV
  2. pp. 291-292
  1. The Fragile Surround
  2. pp. 293-294
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  1. Liturgy, Cosmic Worship, and Christian Cosmology
  2. pp. 295-306
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  1. “All Creation Rejoices in You”: Creation in the Liturgies for the Feasts of the Theotokos
  2. pp. 307-323
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  1. Traces of Divine Fragrance, Droplets of Divine Love: On the Beauty of Visible Creation
  2. pp. 324-336
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  1. Natural and Supernatural Revelation in Early Irish and Greek Monastic Thought: A Comparative Approach
  2. pp. 337-347
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  1. Ecology and Monasticism
  2. pp. 348-355
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  1. The Prophetic Charisma in Pastoral Theology: Asceticism, Fasting, and the Ecological Crisis
  2. pp. 356-364
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  1. The Spirit of God Moved upon the Face of the Waters: Orthodox Holiness and the Natural World
  2. pp. 364-376
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 377-414
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 415-468
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 469-474
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  1. Index of Names (Classical)
  2. pp. 475-476
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  1. Index of Names (Contemporary)
  2. pp. 477-479
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 480-492
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