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 timeless teaching of the
Orthodox Holy Fathers on the events of creation, the first-created world,
the natures of created things, the original nature of man, and the cosmic
consequences of man’s fall.
In the present volume, this teaching has been gathered 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 struggled to understand how the Holy Fathers noetically apprehended the
beginning of the world as revealed in the Divinely inspired book of Genesis.
Having acquired their mind, he has presented to the modern world the
harmonious Patristic vision of the cosmos.
A much-needed answer to today’s “crisis of meaning,” this
book sheds unique light on the origin and primordial condition of man and
the cosmos, showing how these mysteries are inextricably tied to those of
our redemption by Jesus Christ and of creation’s redeemed state beyond the
general resurrection. The Divine vision of the Fathers opens up deeper
levels of awareness concerning God’s creation and His ultimate intention for
it—levels that cannot be reached through merely rational or scientific
Genesis, Creation, and Early Man has been
compiled posthumously from a rich array of materials left behind by Fr.
Seraphim. The second edition contains much new material to supplement Fr.
Seraphim’s work, including an updated preface outlining new developments in
the creation/evolution debate, such as the rise of the intelligent design
movement in the West and the defense of the Orthodox Patristic teaching on
creation by theological writers and scientists in Russia; new explanatory
notes on many topics pertaining to Genesis and creation, with further
quotations from the Holy Fathers and extensive references to Patristic
works; an article detailing the Scriptural-Patristic teaching on the
incorruption of man and the cosmos before the fall, and showing its
relevance to other aspects of Orthodox theology; and critiques of the modern
philosophy of evolution by
saints and holy elders, as well as by Orthodox scientists working in the
fields of biology and geology.
“A presentation of the traditional, Patristic understanding of
Genesis, which at the same time bravely exposes the lie of the modern
philosophy of evolution. This is a vital, pathfinding work, which can serve
as a true foundation for all sides in future discussions.”
—His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph,
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese
of the USA, Canada, and Australia
“It is with great joy and tremendous interest that we greet
the publication of the second edition—containing much additional theological
and scientific material of great value—of this remarkable work by Hieromonk
Seraphim of blessed memory. Having myself employed the first edition of this
work as a sourcebook in our courses on Apologetics and Comparative Theology,
I can testify to the clarity and meticulousness of Fr. Seraphim’s
presentation of the traditional Orthodox doctrine of creation. I can
moreover witness to the satisfaction with which students, previously
instructed in evolutionist theories, encounter the truth about our
God-breathed origins in the pages of this book. As an antidote against the
fashionable but spiritually and intellectually corrosive ‘dogma’ of
evolution, this work is unsurpassed. As such, it belongs
everywhere—parishes, monasteries, seminaries, and homes—where Orthodoxy is
taught and studied.”
—Archimandrite Luke, Rector, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary,
Jordanville, New York
“This book is a treasure. It not only provides a
careful survey of Patristic teaching on creation, it also makes plain the
continuing relevance of this teaching by directly challenging the theory of
evolution in both its secular and theistic forms. Anyone with a serious
interest in Patristic theology or the creation/evolution controversy will
find it of great value.”
—David Bradshaw, Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky,
author of Aristotle East and West
1144 pages, paperback, with Smyth-sewn binding, illustrated. $35.
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