Where did Fr. Seraphim learn the Truth about Creation?
St. John's teaching vs. the evolution myth
Excerpt from the preface of Genesis, Creation and Early Man
4. The Mind of the Holy Fathers
[In 1963, in San Francisco] Fr. Seraphim's spiritual mentor, the saint and miracle-worker Archbishop John Maximovitch, had begun a series of theological courses, which Fr. Seraphim attended several times a week for three years... Among the many subjects covered, he was taught Patristics by Bishop Nektary [a disciple of Optina Monastery...] and Old Testament by Archimandrite Spyridon [a clairvoyant elder and the closest man to Archbishop John]. Here, in contrast to the rationalistic evolutionary ideas he had been taught while growing up, Fr. Seraphim learned the revelation of God Himself regarding the creation of the universe and the nature of the first-created world, as passed on through the Scriptures and the God-bearing Holy Fathers throughout the centuries. Fr. Seraphim's instructor's -- Archbishop John, Bishop Nektary and Fr. Spyridon -- were themselves Holy Fathers of modern times, and thus Fr. Seraphim was able to receive the Patristic transmission not only from books, but from living bearers of that transmission. It was through the lips of living repositories of sanctity that the meaning of Genesis was opened to him.