Thursday, July 24, 2003

The "Green Patriarch"

From today's CS Monitor: "Orthodox Leader Blesses Green Agenda," by Colin Woodard.
[Patriarch] Bartholomew declared that the wanton destruction of nature was a sin, as were actions that caused the extinction of species; altered the climate; stripped the world of its forests; and poisoned the air, land, and water. . . .

Recently, his chief theologian, Metropolitan John of Pergamon, took things a step further, declaring that humans must not simply act as stewards of the environment, but as "priests of creation," embracing nature rather than simply managing it "The human being is almost by its very constitution the link between creation and God," he explained. "We are part of nature."

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