The Ecological Vision on Creation is a book written with one purpose: to inspire, to warm the heart, to lift one above the petty preoccupations of God’s creation in order to glimpse the divine beginning of all things. The book is a special endeavor of Patristic Eco-Theology for readers to enable them to understand patristic ecological perspectives and to give energy and encouragement to join hands with those who have a real concern for God’s creation.
Through the Syriac Patristic Study, the author tries to make an analytical reading of fifth-century writings as well as the mediations on God’s six days of the creation of Jacob of Serugh (451 521) in the context of ecological crisis. The theme of the text is intrinsically fascinating and complex. It refers to the divine relation between Creator and creatures. The book also offers a guiding hand to contemplate the divine deeds of creation and urges us to collect the legacy of the Holy Fathers of the Church for today’s world.
Chapter 1: Jacob of Serugh: The Context of His Life and Literary Works A Brief Introduction
Chapter 2: History of Hexameral Narratives: An Introductory Survey
Chapter 3: The Homilies on the Third and Fourth Days of Creation: A Critical, Liturgical, and Exegetical Analysis
Chapter 4: Theological Themes in the Homilies on the Third and Fourth Days of Creation
Chapter 5: Jacob of Serugh's Ecological Vision on Creation
Chapter 6: Conclusion and Present Application of the Homily
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Fr. Vinu Varghese holds a doctorate in Oriental Ecclesiastical Sciences from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, and has Post Graduations in Patristic Theology from Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, and Syriac Language and Literature from Saint Ephrem Ecumenical Institute (SEERI), which under Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He is a priest of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church. He teaches Liturgical Theology and Canon Law in Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam. At Present, he is the Assistant Director of Sruti School of Liturgical Music and teaches Theology of Worship and Music in Sruti School.
He is the co-author of Ecclesiastical Life: A Hand Book, MOC Publication, Kottayam (2021), and the author of the article “Priority of Month of Nisan in Syriac Tradition”, Harp 35 (2019) 287-304.