En Arche

by Fr. Michael Azkoul


Paperback (May 2012)

ISBN: 978-1-933275-63-5

Price: $14.95 + S&H (USD)


Evolutionists have no interest in or acquaintance with the faith of the Church Fathers. There would seem to be no reason for them to read them inasmuch as they are thought to be theologians with a fatal attraction to the supernatural—and Greek philosophy. Nevertheless, they offer a treatment of Genesis—the “six days” or periods of creation (hexaemeron)—of which Darwinists are disdainful. Unfortunately, if Darwin and his disciples knew anything about “those mystical trumpets of the Spirit,” it was from the pen of secular historians who thought of them as obsolete. En Arche: Evolution, Genesis and the Church Fathers aims to expose Darwinian or Neo-Darwinian pretensions. They have not yet to undertake “a really disinterested, critical research of their assumptions,” but also to introduce the cosmology of the Church Fathers.



Fr. Michael Azkoul was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his BA in Philosophy from Calvin College (1954), his BD in Theology from St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Seminary (1958) and his MA and PhD in Medieval History from Michigan State University (1963–1967). He has taught at Michigan State University, St. Louis University and Washington University and also at Seminex Lutheran Seminary. Apart from numerous articles and pamphlets in St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, The Greek Orthodox Theological Review, Theological Studies, The Byzantine and Patristic Review, Fr. Azkoul authored several important books, including: Narcissus and the Magi Microform: A Study of the Relation between Faith and Reason in Greek Patristic life and in Western Thought (1957), Anti-Christianity: The New Atheism (1981), On the Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit by Photius of Constantinople (1983), The Teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church (1986), The Influence of Augustine of Hippo on the Orthodox Church (1990), Why Christianity (1994), St. Gregory of Nyssa and the Tradition of the Fathers (1995), The Toll-House Myth: The Neo-Gnosticism of Fr. Seraphim Rose (1997), Once Delivered to the Saints: An Orthodox Apology for the New Millennium (2000) and God, Immortality and Freedom of the Will according to the Church Fathers: A Philosophy of Spiritual Cognition (2006). Ordained to the Diaconate in 1956 and to the Priesthood in 1958 by Archbishop Anthony Bashir he served successively in the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of the USA, in the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and in the Holy Orthodox Church in North America.