Science & Religion Summer School

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (IHR/NHRF), one of the most important institutions for the study of Greek History (ancient, Byzantine and modern) at international level, and the Orthodox Academy of Crete are pleased to announce the organization of the Summer School on “Science and Religion” in the island of Crete, Greece.

The one-week intensive Summer School aims to provide participants with knowledge of the history of the relations between Christianity and Science as well as with an in depth knowledge of the relations between Orthodox Christianity and Science.

The Summer School will be held from 5 to 10 June 2017. The instructors are researchers of the IHR/NHRF and other Greek institutions with extensive experience in the study of Science and Religion as well as the renowned professors Ronald Numbers and William Shea. The IHR/NHRF has implemented an important research project on science-religion relations (NARSES) and is currently implementing the international project SOW, Science and Orthodoxy around the World. The lectures and workshops will take place at the premises of the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari; the place where it was held the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church from 16 to 27 June 2016.

The courses will be taught in English and will be offered to a limited number of applicants who will be selected by the Scientific Committee.

The school is addressed to undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers in the field of Religion, Science, History, Philosophy, Technology, Didactics, Theology, as well as to those interested in the interconnection between religion and science.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.


 

Programme

Monday, 05.06.2017

09.00 – 09.30 Opening and Welcome Speech     

Dr. Konstantinos Zormpas, Director General, Orhodox Academy of Crete
Dr Efthymios Nikolaidis, Research Director, Institute of Historical Research/NHRF

09.30 - 11.30 An overview of the bibliography on science and religion
Ronald Numbers
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 - 14.00 The Hexaemera from Philo of Alexandria to Gregory of Nyssa
Efthymios Nikolaidis
14.00 - 16.00 Lunch break
16.00 - 18.30 The Hexaemera from John Philoponus (6th c.) to Robert Grosseteste (13th c.)
Efthymios Nikolaidis
   

 

Tuesday, 06.06.2017

09.30 - 11.30 The influence of Neoplatonism on the relations of Christianity to science and secular knowledge
Eudoxie Delli
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 - 14.00 The De revolutionibus orbium coelestium of Nicolaus Copernicus and its reception by Christianity
William Shea
14.00 - 16.00 Lunch break
16.00 - 18.30 Workshop – Study of Texts 
E. Nikolaidis, E. Delli, G. Vlahakis
   

 

Wednesday, 07.06.2017

09.30 - 11.30 The Galileo affair
William Shea
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 - 14.00 Religion in the multiple Newtonianisms of the 18th century
George Vlahakis
14.00 - 16.00 Lunch break
16.00 - 18.30 Religion and contemporary science: Scientific creationism and intelligent design
Ronald Numbers
   

 

Thursday, 08.06.2017

09.30 - 11.30 Modern science and theology
Vassilios Constantoudis
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 - 14.00 Religion, Science and Ex Nihilo Creation
Petros Panagiotopoulos
14.00 - 16.00 Lunch break
16.00 - 18.30 Workshop – Study of Texts 
E. Nikolaidis, E. Delli, G. Vlahakis
   

 

Friday, 09.06.2017

09.30 - 11.30 The Anthropic Principle between Science and Theology
Constantinos Kalahanis
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 - 14.00 Trust and Mistrust to Science in Christian Orthodox Tradition
George Pavlos
14.00 - 16.00 Lunch break
16.00 - 18.30 Workshop – Study of Texts 
E. Nikolaidis, E. Delli, G. Vlahakis
   

 

Saturday, 10.06.2017

10.00 - 12.00 Visit at the Museum of Cretan Herbs, the Library and the Iconography Studio of the Orthodox Academy of Crete

 

Application Procedure

The school is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students and PhD candidates as well as researchers in the field of Religion, Science, History, Philosophy, Technology, Didactics, Theology, as well as to those having a scientific interest in the interconnection between religion and science.

The courses will be taught in English. The course will be offered to a limited number of applicants who will be selected by the Scientific Committee following a thorough assessment of the application and the CV of the applicants.

The final deadline for applying is: 15 February 2017 (00.00 EET)

Candidates are invited to submit the online application form.

Applicants will be informed of the selection results by e-mail not later than 28 February 2017. Along with the confirmation, they will also receive further information to complete the registration process.

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For more information visit the Summer School webpage

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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