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Orthodox Environmentalism

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Not David, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. Chesterton

    Chesterton Whats So Funny bout Peace Love and Understanding Supporter

    Eastern Orthodox
    Wasn't there a priest who asked people to plant trees as penance sometimes?
  2. buzuxi02

    buzuxi02 Veteran

    Eastern Orthodox
    Lolol is that what I have to do for removing my cats from my muscle car??? Not that I care as I dont view it as a sin.
  3. rusmeister

    rusmeister A Russified American Orthodox Chestertonian

    Eastern Orthodox
    And we have humanists received into the Orthodox Church who bring their own, as you say, evangelion, with them. They believe one or more of things like “birth control”, “population control”, etc are compatible with our Faith.
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  4. Knee V

    Knee V It's phonetic.

    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    I prefer the term "conservationism". I like clean air, clean water, clean soil, and clean food. I believe that we are at our most human when we are working the land in prayer, and I would like to see as much of that as possible.

    As for the rest of what is often called "environmentalism", I have little use for it and mostly see it as political and idolatrous.
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  5. Nick T

    Nick T Newbie

    Eastern Orthodox
    Met. Zizoulas has got some good stuff on this topic. I was lucky enough to hear him speak last year and he approached the topic through patristic perspectives, talking about man as the "priest of creation" in the Cappadocians and the interconnectedness of man and the rest of creation in St. Maximos.

    Unfortunately I can't seem to find much online (I think Met. Zizoulas often writes more for academic audiences, which I think is a real shame) but he's a good place to start looking at least.

    Edit: the Orthodoxwiki article might be a good place to start as well Environmental ethics - OrthodoxWiki