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« on: December 17, 2011, 09:41:01 AM »

Orthodox Christian Statements on the Environment
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 10:55:49 AM »

No comment until this goes to 'Politics'
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011, 07:29:36 PM »

Note how the only individual they care to provide statements of is the Ecumenical Patriarch.  I wonder whether or not the reason is that they can find no other reputable Orthodox who care excessively about environmentalism, or if they foolishly believe he is our Pope.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2011, 12:12:04 AM »

Or maybe lots of other people care about the environment and he's not being excessive.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011, 01:44:52 AM »

Green Pope says that Orthodox value freedom in religion, like in Greece where proselytism is legal!
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011, 01:55:49 AM »

Or maybe lots of other people care about the environment and he's not being excessive.

It provides a link to over 200 of his All-Holiness' statements on the environment.  I do not think they are worried about excess.
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2011, 02:56:00 AM »

we are called to be good stewards of our environment, it was given to us to take care of.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 05:41:46 AM »

I'm in the middle of reading a book by Elizabeth Theokritoff called Living in God's Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology (SVS Foundations Series, 2009) which is shaping up to be a well-rounded perspective on this topic.
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 08:54:02 AM »

Dear Clare,

When you are done, please share your thoughts.  I think it is an intelligent book by a sincere Orthodox Christian. 

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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2012, 11:01:02 AM »

I'm in the middle of reading a book by Elizabeth Theokritoff called Living in God's Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology (SVS Foundations Series, 2009) which is shaping up to be a well-rounded perspective on this topic.

Am just in the middle of reading that same book just now. Would you care to share your thoughts on it?
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2012, 11:43:26 PM »

For those interested, there is also Seraphim (Bruce) Foltz article, "Discerning the Spirit in Creation: Orthodox Christianity and Environmentalism1", at the Vatopaidi Monastery blog:
http://vatopaidi.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/discerning-the-spirit-in-creation-orthodox-christianity-and-environmentalism1/

It is too long for me to read in its entirety online and I do not have a printer available at this time.
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012, 12:05:36 PM »

I think the sense that the emphasis on God's creation as "good" shows a living relationship with the individual and the natural world in Orthodoxy. Yes, creation is fallen but not totally depraved & we can love God & see an aspect of this love in His creation. My statement is very broad & I am not inferring western Christians lack any of this but in some cases, a severity towards the natural world exists in some areas.
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2012, 03:03:37 PM »

we are called to be good stewards of our environment, it was given to us to take care of.
+1! This was Adam's mission when he was reated in Eden. Naming the animals was one part of his responsibility. Why should we not follow his lead?
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2012, 03:16:37 PM »

Don't use plastic bottles for Holy Water or at least make sure they are BPA free.
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