In the light of Fr. Ghelasie Gheorghe's view on the fundamental distinction between the "Big Bang of the Creation" and the "Big Bang of the fall" (with the latter associated to the Big Bang of contemporary cosmology), the above progression of images is construed as a metaphorical representation of the arrow of post-lapsarian time, pertaining to the garments of skin mode of the Creation. The garments of skin in themselves represent a deep mystery, both concealing and revealing (through the nous, in repentance) - the uncorrupted Creation at the same time. The "arrow" points forward to an icon the Age to Come, when humanity and the Creation will be clothed in the garments of light.
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- To the left - cherub guarding the entrance of the Garden of Eden. "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24, KJV).
- In the middle - illustration of the Hubble-Deep-Field. - here the Creation, including the time itself, is clothed in the garments of skin.
- To the right - Icon of Second Coming (also used for All Saints Sunday). "I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the age to come" (the Symbol of Faith). This suggests that the arrow of time in the post-lapsarian Cosmos may ultimately have an eschatological dimension.
This section of the blog consists of attempts to understand, explore and elaborate on the views of Fr. Ghelasie Gheorghe (1944-2003) on the distinction between the "big bang" of the Creation and the "big bang" of the fall (with the latter signaling the unfolding of the "garments" of the "post-lapsarian cosmos", and identifiable with the "big bang" limit singularity queried in contemporary physical cosmology). May this be a tribute to the blessed memory of Avva Ghelasie!