Science & Orthodoxy around the World
Project SOW - Science & Orthodoxy around the World focuses on the dialog between science and religion in the Orthodox Christian world. More than 50 specialists from 15 countries participate from various academic fields such as Science, Philosophy, History, Theology and Education. It reaches out to all relevant scholars, researchers specializing in the study of Science & Religion throughout the world, as well as a wider audience with an interest in issues that arise from the relation of sciences with faith. SOW’s actions are presented through this web portal, three large international conferences with parallel workshops and proceedings volumes, two separate workshops, public lectures, one documentary and 45 peer-reviewed articles.
What is a Human? The American Public's Views and the Impact on Human Rights
What a human “is” has probably been debated for as long as humans have had critical self-consciousness. Scholars in this debate have also long claimed that if someone uses the “wrong” definition of a human, they will treat people less humanely.
Stavros Yangazoglou is the Director of the journal Theologia and editor of the Greek edition of the French text series Sources Chrétiennes for Indiktos Publications. Furthermore, he is advisor to the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and Director of the 1st Bureau of the Institute for Educational Policy. His work includes more than 80 articles and studies in Greek, French, English, Italian and Serbian language, and has been involved in the development of the new Religious Education school textbooks.
Best wishes for Orthodox Easter from the SOW team.
The evolution of the modern experiment from the Renaissance to the 20th century was the topic of the lecture by Prof. Dr Peter Heering, Specialist of History of Science, Science Education, Teacher Education at the Institute of mathematic, scientific and technical literacy of the Europa-Universität Flensburg.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Dr George Meskos, theologian, visited Project SOW for a very interesting discussion. Despite a general interest for a multitude of questions raised by Dr Meskos' work and patterns of ideas, the discussion focused on the very character of modern Theology, and the ways the Orthodox Tradition could contribute to the dialog between Science and religion, and how Orthodoxy could be influenced by new approaches in the sciences.
His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) visited Project SOW at the National Hellenic Research Foundation for a very interesting and fruitful discussion on issues concerning the modern dialog between science and religion in the Orthodox world.
The discussion first focused on the tradition of the Fathers of the Church, with His Eminence putting weight on a historical approach rather than a more systematic one. He stressed that Orthodoxy can have a very fruitful contribution to the dialog between science and religion, because of its rich theological tradition on the Creation, which has developed throughout the centuries. This tradition may be extremely useful for issues such as the ecology crisis.
Concerning the inter-Church dialog, (especially with the Roman Catholic and the Anglican Churches) it is interesting to note, in regard to the science-religion dialog, that one of the main topics is the question of the nature of Man; i.e. there seems to be a transposition from ecclesiology to anthropology. This highlights two issues closely connected to the Orthodox tradition: I) the meaning of the word kardia (heart) in Orthodox theology, where the specific term, apart from the organ of the human body, refers to the spiritual center of Man that binds the body with the soul, signifying Man's spiritual orientation. II) the meaning of the word nous (mind), which in the texts of the Fathers does not only signify the intellectual abilities of Man, but also the capability to have a theoretical insight of the Cosmos, through which direct association with God can be established.
On Tuesday, March 15 2016, Project SOW team had the honor to meet with Stavros Zoumboulakis, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the National Library of Greece, at the National Hellenic Research Foundation for a thorough discussion.
Mr Zoumboulakis focused on the various 'schools' that form the science & religion dialog in Greece since the 1960s. An important part of the conversation also focused on the dialog in the Orthodox communities of USA, the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as the relationship between poemantics and psychology. Finally, he attested the necessity to gather all (if possible) publications of the dioceses that concern issues related to the science & Orthodoxy dialog.
On Monday, March 7 2016, Professor Alexey Bodrov, the founder & Rector of St Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute in Moscow, visited Project SOW at the Institute of Historical Research/NHRF. We had a great discussion after making a brief presentation of Project SOW, and we had the opportunity to learn about the very interesting upcoming events organized by St Andrew's BTI.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Father Andrew Louth, Professor Em. at Durham University and renowned theologian, visited the Project SOW team at the Institute of Historical Research/National Research Foundation.
We took the opportunity to update Father Andrew on the project's details, after which a wonderful discussion followed.
Members of SOW team asked Fr Andrew's opinion about various issues concerning science and religion, and in turn he commented on the differences between Western and Orthodox responses to Science, as well as the importance of the Patristic and Byzantine Orthodox tradition today. He also gave a brief overview of the science & religion dialog in Russia, mentioning the contribution of Andrew Florensky and other prominent Russian scholars.
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