The Historiography of Science and Religion in the Construction of Modern Europe

European Society for the History of Science
Biennial Conference 2018 | London, 14-17 September
in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Science

Session 13 | Saturday, 15 September

Creation or Evolution?

On 5 September 2018, Doru Costache talked about ‘Creation or Evolution? Early Christian Views of Genesis 1’ during an event organised at Macquarie University by Catholic Society, Catholic Chaplaincy, and Orthodox Chaplaincy. In his talk, in line with his essay ‘Terra Lucida or Free of the Mists of Confusion,’ he discussed the need to draw a line between creation and creationism, also between evolution and evolutionism, and suggested that whereas creationism and evolutionism cannot be bridged, there is a way of connecting creation and evolution. The impossibility to bridge creationism and evolutionism comes from their very opposite ideological allegiances, to supernaturalism and naturalism respectively. These ideologies cancel each other by working with an either/or mentality. In turn, given that the doctrine of creation represents a theological interpretation of reality and the theory of evolution a scientific description of reality, creation and evolution can be bridged since the competences of theology and science do not overlap. There is no competition there. One, theology, interprets reality, the other, science, describes reality. Costache pointed out further that given the theological nature of Genesis 1, the scriptural narrative does not offer a scientific description of reality, instead interpreting it from the vantage point of God. Also, the chiastic or mirroring structure of Genesis 1 points to its destination for liturgical use and personal contemplation. He ended by analysing a series of passages from early Christian theologians who considered Genesis 1 an introduction to theology, not a scientific report, and a key to decipher the workings of the world as an ongoing event of synergy or interaction between the created and the uncreated.

Cambridge Lecture

East meets West: Approaches to Science in the Orthodox and Western Christian Traditions

Monday September 17th 2018, 6:00 PM | The Garden Room, St Edmunds College, Cambridge

The Charles Taylor lecture

Lecture by the renowned Charles Taylor, Professor Em. McGill University

Title "Christianity in the secular age of the West"

Monday, June 11 2018 | 19:30 | National Hellenic Research Foundation

Science and the Church

Interview of H.E. Nikolaos, Metropolitan of Mesogaia and Lavreotike (in Greek)

Ο Σεβασμιώτατος Μητροπολίτης Μεσογαίας και Λαυρεωτικής Νικόλαος για τη σχέση επιστήμης και Εκκλησίας

Evolution and Science Curriculum Debates in Serbia

Recently in Serbia “a group of interested citizens” with signatures from more than 50 academicians and 100 additional people with postgraduate degrees (including 5 clergyman) released a petition to “revise the curriculum for study of evolution.” This petition was circulated to Serbian universities, as well as to several government bodies responsible for education including Ministry of education, science and technological development. In essence, this petition requested that theory of evolution be taught as “just a theory,” and (more or less) literal reading of Genesis be taught alongside it in science classrooms in Serbia. This problem is not new to Serbia; a similar effort was initiated in 2004 by the former Minister of education, but this was put on hold and thus efforts have been renewed to modify the school science curricula again.

Belgrade Workshop

Workshop

RELIGION AND TECHNOLOGY: DICTIONARY OF TECHNOLOGY AS A CASE STUDY

25 May 2018, 10:00 | University of Belgrade Rectorate

Belgrade Lecture

Friday May 18 2018 | 6:00 PM

Museum of Science and Technology (51, Skenderbegova st., Belgrade)

Speakers:

Prof. Dr Miloje Rakocević, University of Niš

&

His Grace Bishop Dr Maxim (Vasiljević) of Los Angeles and Western America 

 

Moderator:  Prof. Dr Aleksandar Petrović, University of Belgrade

The Creation-Evolution Controversy from Global Perspectives

Research Workshop

“The Creation-Evolution Controversy from Global Perspectives”

Date: April 23, 2018 (9 AM – 5:40 PM) / April 24, 2018 (9:20 AM – 11:50 AM)

Venue: HSS Conference Room (5th Floor), HSS Building, 14 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637332

Project SOW at the University of Tel Aviv

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