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Amidst the creation/evolution debate that is now raging, with evidence being offered for both sides, few have made use of what Fr. Seraphim Rose called "the missing evidence": the teaching of the ancient Orthodox Holy Fathers on the events of creation, the first-created world, the natures of created things, and the original nature of man. Now for the first time in the Engl Amidst the creation/evolution debate that is now raging, with evidence being offered for both sides, few have made use of what Fr. Seraphim Rose called "the missing evidence": the teaching of the ancient Orthodox Holy Fathers on the events of creation, the first-created world, the natures of created things, and the original nature of man. Now for the first time in the English language, this teaching has been gathered together and set forth in a thorough, detailed, and above all honest manner. Perhaps more than anyone else in our times, Fr. Seraphim Rose searched, studied, prayed and suffered to understand how the ancients noetically apprehended the creation in the light of the God-inspired book of Genesis. Having acquired their mind, he has presented to the modern world the harmonious Patristic vision of the cosmos. A vital answer to the contemporary "crisis of meaning," this book sheds startling new light on the mysteries of our origin. The Divine vision of the ancient Fathers opens up unforeseen dimensions of the creation: deeper levels of reality that cannot be reached through rational or scientific means.


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Amidst the creation/evolution debate that is now raging, with evidence being offered for both sides, few have made use of what Fr. Seraphim Rose called "the missing evidence": the teaching of the ancient Orthodox Holy Fathers on the events of creation, the first-created world, the natures of created things, and the original nature of man. Now for the first time in the Engl Amidst the creation/evolution debate that is now raging, with evidence being offered for both sides, few have made use of what Fr. Seraphim Rose called "the missing evidence": the teaching of the ancient Orthodox Holy Fathers on the events of creation, the first-created world, the natures of created things, and the original nature of man. Now for the first time in the English language, this teaching has been gathered together and set forth in a thorough, detailed, and above all honest manner. Perhaps more than anyone else in our times, Fr. Seraphim Rose searched, studied, prayed and suffered to understand how the ancients noetically apprehended the creation in the light of the God-inspired book of Genesis. Having acquired their mind, he has presented to the modern world the harmonious Patristic vision of the cosmos. A vital answer to the contemporary "crisis of meaning," this book sheds startling new light on the mysteries of our origin. The Divine vision of the ancient Fathers opens up unforeseen dimensions of the creation: deeper levels of reality that cannot be reached through rational or scientific means.

30 review for Genesis, Creation, and Early Man: The Orthodox Christian Vision

  1. 4 out of 5

    Waplo

    Fr. Rose is an interesting person: he started from what was possibly a very bad version of fundamentalist Protestantism (if it resembles the views of this book) to become sort of a perennialist and a reader of Guenon. He later correctly understood some of the problems of this perspective and embraced apostolic Christianity through the Orthodox church. The problem with this work is the same of the other works of Fr. Rose: an incredibly narrow form of Orthodox exclusivism, to the point of almost co Fr. Rose is an interesting person: he started from what was possibly a very bad version of fundamentalist Protestantism (if it resembles the views of this book) to become sort of a perennialist and a reader of Guenon. He later correctly understood some of the problems of this perspective and embraced apostolic Christianity through the Orthodox church. The problem with this work is the same of the other works of Fr. Rose: an incredibly narrow form of Orthodox exclusivism, to the point of almost considering heretics most of the people inside this same church. Like in his other works, an exceptional and rigorous clarity in identifying problems and errors in modern ideology is accompanied by a dystopic view of the true church, where only a very small group of absolutely uncompromising old calendarists holds the true faith (in his book "orthodoxy and the religion of the future" he even hinted the ecumenical patriarchs are now in heresy). On one hand his rejection of perennialism led him to be very clear in separating the Christian way from all other metaphysical and religious system, and in an age of syncretism and ecumenism this is certainly positive and needed, on the other hand he built a wall too high in his own home to the point of excluding many good Christians for minor differences of faith. This book is a perfect example of this attitude: after a masterful explanation of the assumptions and the ideological effects of Darwinism and modern secular thought, Fr. Rose push himself into the dead end of literalist creationism. Now while it is certainly possible that God made all things in an instant, even (deceitfully) mountains showing millions of years of gradual formation, believing this or otherwise, as long as faith in God as a creator is preserved, is absolutely irrelevant to personal salvation and should not absolutely be a reason to cause divisions and struggle among Christians. Fr. Rose is correct in highlighting how certain assumptions of, for example, theistic evolution undermines certain core beliefs of Christianity. For example intelligent design over millions of years imply the existence of death, struggle and violence in nature before Adam, before the fall. While this is a valid theological concern, his overall fundamentalist literalist creationism can only push away potential converts over things that are not required for their salvation, and this is unacceptable. There is nothing worse than growing so proud of a particular interpretation to push it as if it was vital to faith, to the point of holding to it even when proven wrong or unlikely, thus exposing faith to the laughter or unbeliever over beliefs unnecessary to salvation. A final note: the dialectical method he uses is frankly insufferable to me. Excess of literalism, an approach to the Bible and to the writings of the church fathers alike to that of protestants fundamentalists, and the constant interpolation and quoting out of context from the books of authors who supported the thesis he opposes. When he does this against secular or new age authors it is wrong but damages no one; what is incredibly serious is when Fr. Rose did this to "prove" Catholic saints he barely knows are demonic, as it borders a sin against the Spirit. (it happened in other of his books, not here) In short, you don't have to be a Greek farmer or a monk of the fifth century to be free from modern unbeliefs. You don't need to try too hard not to be modern, to the point of becoming a caricature of your own beliefs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alan Orsborn

    ( 2011 edition) Father Seraphim Rose, a polarizing figure in Orthodoxy who reposed in 1982, clearly articulates the position of the Church Fathers regarding Genesis and creation with some material never before translated into English. Rather than making the case from a fundamentalist creationist position or a more purely metaphysical approach, he shows where the Fathers saw Genesis to be interpreted literally and where it should be interpreted figuratively, quoting St. John Chrysostom, that Gene ( 2011 edition) Father Seraphim Rose, a polarizing figure in Orthodoxy who reposed in 1982, clearly articulates the position of the Church Fathers regarding Genesis and creation with some material never before translated into English. Rather than making the case from a fundamentalist creationist position or a more purely metaphysical approach, he shows where the Fathers saw Genesis to be interpreted literally and where it should be interpreted figuratively, quoting St. John Chrysostom, that Genesis represents "a prophecy into the past," and thus to be understood as prophecy. He demonstrates evolution to be importantly connected to the philosophy of the Spirit of the Age, while demolishing arguments in favor of theistic evolution as illogical, theologically unsound and at odds with the historic teaching of Orthodoxy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Withun

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Yanni

    Very odd that Seraphim Rose is accorded the honour of being a "genius" since this work is so off the mark as to be fundamentalist protestant theology at times. Kind of like reading a Southern Baptist in the Bible Belt. Remarkable that such a well respected person could write such strange stuff. Clearly Orthodoxy too has it's fair share of the idolatrous "Bible Literalism" that it should protect from, if one really has thinks with the mind of the Church, through the Church Fathers and one places Very odd that Seraphim Rose is accorded the honour of being a "genius" since this work is so off the mark as to be fundamentalist protestant theology at times. Kind of like reading a Southern Baptist in the Bible Belt. Remarkable that such a well respected person could write such strange stuff. Clearly Orthodoxy too has it's fair share of the idolatrous "Bible Literalism" that it should protect from, if one really has thinks with the mind of the Church, through the Church Fathers and one places the Divine Liturgy at the heart of things - that mystical act that actually pre-dates the Bible that the Sola Scriptira brigade seem to conveniently forget... Not only does Seraphim Rose partake in Scriptural fundamentalism, he also advocates a strange kind of Patristic fundamentalism. The Church Fathers simply were not privy to the kinds of knowledge that has been revealed to us, and therefore to try to claim that for example, the earth is flat because this is what they taught is rather anachronistic. WHat the Holy Fathers taught is far deeper than "mere" science - the created world - and so why not instead focus on these metaphysical aspects? A despicable book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Borthwick

    The value of this work to Orthodox Christians in clarifying the teaching of the fathers, and therefore of the Church, on this subject is almost impossible to articulate. A library which has the finest prayerbook, the fullest edition of the Philokalia, and the most thorough collection of scriptures would still be far from complete if it lacked this fantastic treatment of patristic teaching on the subject of Creation and the secular dogma of Darwinian Evolution.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    The material from Church Fathers on Genesis is great, and many of his critiques of modernity are brilliant, but the young-earth creationism stuff is just unfortunate.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jack Clare

    a full frontal assault on evolutionary theory. awesome work.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Радослав Лаков

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aura Mircea

  10. 5 out of 5

    Creation Newsletter

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eric Ryniker

  12. 5 out of 5

    Egor

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nina

  14. 4 out of 5

    Seraphim

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fr. Shanbour

  16. 5 out of 5

    François B

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peter Heers

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lolow

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ernie Martelo

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liviu

  22. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Crabtree

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mad Russian the Traveller

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alethia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Harry

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian Walton

  27. 4 out of 5

    Corey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hargett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  30. 5 out of 5

    Алексей

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