The World as Field of God’s Presence and Man’s Work

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  2. The World as Field of God’s Presence and Man’s Work
  3. English
  4. Delli, Eudoxie
  5. Key thinkers - Orthodox Anthropology - Natural and the supernatural
  6. 28-1-2017
  7. Florea, (Fr) Stefan [Author]. The World as Field of God’s Presence and Man’s Work’
  8. International Journal of Orthodox Theology
  9. holiness of Nature - image of God - Staniloae, Dumitru - Giannaras, Christos - Florovsky - Zizioulas, (Metropolitan) John - Meyendorff, John - Lossky, Vladimir - deification - salvation
    1. <p style="text-align: justify;">Florea, (Fr) S. (2011). The World as Field of God’s Presence and Man’s Work. <em>International Journal of Orthodox Theology,</em> <em>2:4</em>, 104-112</p>
    1. The author sheds light to the conception of the Created world as field of Man’s Deification and God’s Presence focusing on the epiphanic (theophanic) character of the creation and the eucharistic perspective of the world.

      Based on the patristic theology (Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus the Confessor), the Holy texts (Genesis, St Paul, the Book of Psalms), as well as on modern theologians (Florovsky, Meyendorff, Lossky, Giannaras, Staniloae), the author argues that Nature in its entirety is sacred because it is a work of God. It is a place of encounter, an interval of communion with the divine and a means of Knowledge. Furthermore, the Created world is considered as a gift and the space of the relationship between Him and man.

      In this perspective, the mission of man consists in mediating consciously between the visible and the invisible dimensions of the world and in uniting the intelligible and sensible aspects of Creation by his meaningful action in world. The eucharisitic approach of being in world is provided by a deeper understanding of the mysterious solidarity between the Created world and man in the perspective of human spiritual progress in union and respect of Nature.