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'''Environmental ethics''' is the part of environmental philosophy which considers the ethical relationship between human beings and the natural environment, according to the Wikipedia definition (
[[28 February ]] 2007). This article will attempt to describe environmental ethics from the perspective of Orthodox theology, by exploring [[patristic]] and contemporary thought together with [[Scripture|scriptural]] and liturgical evidence regarding a theology of creation. In order to present the theological foundation of environmental ethics, we begin by examining the place of material creation within the whole of created order. From that foundation, we continue with theological consideration of the relationship between man and material creation, and conclude with some practical aspects of this relationship.
==The Place of Material Creation in the Created Order==