If You Don’t Love Trees, You Don’t Love God, Or Non-Stop Erotic Beauty Leads to Ecstasy
with Simon Wilson
Tuesday November 16th 2021 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm: £10 (UK time) via Zoom
The theme of this talk is beauty, love and ecstasy, and how they may save us and the cosmos. In particular, Simon will talk about love as a response to the theophanic beauty of the world and human persons. This ecstatic movement of eros is a personal call which lifts us out of our ego-centred self, abandoning ourselves to realise the divine presence and dignity of the other (whether human or non-human) as an icon of God. It is however a slow process and indeed it will never end, continuing, deepening, expanding for ever. This is an ecological vision which includes the afterlife, as it should.
The presentation is throughout informed by the mystical theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and by and the writings of the Church Fathers and Mothers on which it is based.
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Dr Simon Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, and a member of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies at Cambridge, UK. He has a special interest in landscape, co-creation, love of learning, spirituality, and the true nature of sustainability. His latest publication is “The Fierce Urgency of Now and Forever and unto Ages of Ages: Study and the Restoration of Paradise on Earth”, forthcoming in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.