- Introduction: Religion and Ecology—What Is the Connection and Why Does It Matter?
- The Earth as Sacrament: Insights from Orthodox Christian Theology and Spirituality
- The World of Nature according to the Protestant Tradition
- Jainism and Ecology: Transformation of Tradition
- Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being
- The Greening of Buddhism: Promise and Perils
- Daoism and Nature
- Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision
- Religion and Ecology in African Culture and Society
- Indigenous Traditions: Religion and Ecology
- Population, Religion, and Ecology
- Genetic Engineering and Nature: Human and Otherwise
- So Near and Yet So Far: Animal Theology and Ecological Theology
- Religious Ecofeminism: Healing the Ecological Crisis
- Science and Religion in the Face of the Environmental Crisis
- Religion and Ecology: Survey of the Field
- The Spiritual Dimension of Nature Writing
- Religion, Environmentalism, and the Meaning of Ecology
- Religious Environmentalism in Action
- Religion and Environmental Struggles in Latin America
- African Initiated Churches as Vehicles of Earth-Care in Africa
- The Scientist and the Shepherd: The Emergence of Evangelical Environmentalism
- Religion and Environmentalism in America and Beyond
Abstract and Keywords
If there is one image that presents itself as unique and fundamental in contemporary religious experience, it is that of the earth as sacrament. This is a central feature of the sacramental ethos of the Orthodox church. This article explores the understanding of sacrament as including and embracing creation. It describes a theology of creation in light of our dilemma before and response to the current environmental crisis. It also discusses history and heaven, wholeness and holiness, sacraments and symbols, the transcendence and immanence of God, the mystery of incarnation, logos and logoi, the mystery of the cross and the resurrection, and asceticism in Orthodox Christianity.
John Chryssavgis cofounded St. Andrew's Theological College in Sydney (1985), where he was lecturer in the divinity school (1986–90) and the school of studies in religion (1990–95) at the University of Sydney. In 1995 he was appointed professor of theology at Holy Cross School of Theology, directing the religious studies program at Hellenic College until 2002 and serving as academic dean of both schools. He established the environment office at the same school in 2001. His recent publications include Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction; In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers; Letters from the Desert: A Selection from Barsanuphius and John; Light through Darkness; John Climacus: From the Egyptian Desert to the Sinaite Mountain; and Beyond the Shattered Image. He also edited the official volume on the ecological initiatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer, and serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues.
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