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dc.contributor.authorNassif, Bassam A.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the twentieth century, the Middle Eastern countries became a site of political, ethnic, and religious wars, ravaging not only human beings but also the natural habitat. Being one of the largest legal owners of land in the Middle East, the Orthodox Church carries Her stewardship mission, since she believes that this work maintains peace in the oikos between human beings and the rest of God’s creation. Although her work is unknown to many, the Church continues to faithfully carry her mission, by word and deed. The property under Her care became reserves to protect biodiversity in Lebanon and Syria. This article surveys the environmental advocacy taken by the hierarchs, theologians, organizations, and parishes of the Orthodox Church in order to preserve the Church’s large lands of forests and other natural habitats and remain faithful to Church’s mission of stewardship and expand Her engagement in environmental advocacy and ecological sustainability.en_US
dc.publisherRegnum Books Internationalen_US
dc.subjectOrthodox Theologyen_US
dc.subjectSustainable developmenten_US
dc.subjectOrthodox Churchen_US
dc.subjectMiddle East Christianityen_US
dc.titleThe House of God: The Orthodox Church in the Middle East and the Environmenten_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute of Theologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartoftextInternational Handbook on Creation Care and Eco-Diakonia: Concepts and Perspectives from the Churches of the Global Southen_US
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