The Earth as Sacrament

John Chryssavgis

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178722
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Earth as Sacrament

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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.

Keywords: Orthodox Christianity; wholeness; creation; God; resurrection; incarnation; sacraments; earth; heaven; holiness

Article.  11055 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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