An Orthodox View of the Ecological Crisis
2.1 Μan's Mind as Divinely Created.
«Νοus» (mind) is a God-created organ for the benefit of man; it is part of his composition as being created "after the image of Gοd" (Gen. 1,26). According to the teaching of the Church Fathers, man does not possess the "image of Gοd". Only Christ is "Image of God"; man is created "after the image of Gοd", "in the image of God". Μan is image of the image (Christ) of God. This divine gift is interpreted by Orthodox Theology throughout the centuries as implying innumerable mental, spiritual and ethical abilities, such as the intellect and the spirit, free will, stewardship, and the participation in the divine energies etc., leading to the "omoiosis" (likeness) of God.