Fr. Damick: This Holy Earth – Ecological Vision In The Cosmic Cathedral

Theology is an unwelcome guest at international symposiums on environmental concerns which are largely occupied by data crunching in the service of politicians, international corporate interests, and environmental celebrities, says Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, in Part 1 of his podcast This Holy Earth – Ecological Vision In The Cosmic Cathedral. But without a vision, the people perish, and data crunching cannot create vision. A technical “objectivized” approach to the environment where we understand creation as something detached from inner meaning and human participation — as something extrinsic to the human person — is impoverished Fr. Andrew argues. Sometimes the prescriptions are framed in a moral framework which gives the work an illusion of meaning, but fear is the engine that drives that machine.

There is a lot to listen to in this podcast and Fr. Andrew has obviously has given this question a lot of thought. The ideas he weaves together (solid and coherent, btw) need to be expanded, amplified, and put into a book.

Listen here:


  1. A book! I don’t think I have that much in me on this. 🙂 I am, however, just beginning Elizabeth Theokritoff’s Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology and plan to do a review of it when I’m done. At a glance over the chapter headings, it seems we are tackling the issues from at least some similar angles, though from the introduction, she seems to take the mainstream media’s view on the veracity of anthropogenic climate change science. (I personally don’t think taking a side on that question is needed to address this from a theological point of view.)

  2. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    Probably not, although a few paragraphs on secular apocalypticism would be interesting. I think though that your initial observations on the culture, while tightly packed, are on target. An analysis on the shortcomings of the prevailing approach (the ideas I brought forward in the post above that I took from your introduction) could be very helpful, even as an essay.

    We will publish the review here too once it is written.

  3. Here’s the rest, for those interested.

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