How should Orthodox Christians feel about environmentalism? Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick clarifies and answers this question by explaining the different streams of environmentalism that we see active in the world today. First, he comments on Liberal Environmentalism, the most extreme form of which claims that man is bad for the earth. Second, he talks about what can be called Conservative Environmentalism – though it’s not generally called “environmentalism” – which focuses on a Stewardship Model (e.g., the earth is ours and we should take care of it). Finally, he notes that Orthodox Christians do not have to choose between these two models because we have a fundamentally different view of the earth and creation. Fr. Andrew proceeds to explain what the Orthodox view is and why it’s important.
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Music: “Holy God” by Benedict Sheehan • Performed by the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery