By Dr Kostas Tampakis
As a theme, science and religion is everywhere. While obviously a hyperbole, the preceding assertion is nevertheless surprisingly close to the truth, if one looks in English-speaking public discourse. We have only to consider how often relevant topics reach public awareness, to pause and appreciate science and religion’s omnipresent reach. A very short and inconclusive list would include creationism, the metaphor of the God particle, the alleged Dark Ages of religious darkness, climate change denialism or even Family Guy episodes. This vigorous cultural production is, wonder of wonders, mirrored inside the hallowed halls of the academia. Indeed, if ever there was a time where the analysis of the historical, social, cultural, intellectual and philosophical relations between the natural sciences and religion have bloomed, then surely it is now.
By Dr Efthymios Nicolaidis
Claudius Ptolemy, the great Alexandrian astronomer of the 2nd c. A.D., begins his book Mathematical syntax of astronomy, known as Almagest, as follows: “Those who have been true philosophers, Syrus, seem to me to have very wisely separated the theoretical part of philosophy from the practical. For even if it happens the practical turns out to be theoretical prior to its being practical, nevertheless a great difference would be found in them; not only because some of the moral virtues can belong to the everyday ignorant man and it is impossible to come by the theory of whole sciences without learning, but also because in practical matters the greatest advantage is to be had from a continued and repeated operation upon the things themselves, while in theoretical knowledge it is to be had by a progress onward. We accordingly thought it up to us so to train our actions even in the application of the imagination as not to forget in whatever things we happen upon the consideration of their beautiful and well ordered disposition, and to indulge in meditation mostly for the exposition of many beautiful theorems and especially of those specifically called mathematical”.
The Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies in Science, Spirituality, Society is founded in order to deepen and broaden the scope of interests of those involved in research and education so far, with a wider target: society. Its main objective is to promote inter-and transdisciplinary research in science, spirituality, and society. IT4S integrates and extends previous activities of the Association for the Dialogue between Science and Theology in Romania - ADSTR. As the prefix "trans" indicates, transdisciplinarity concerns that which is at once between the disciplines, across the different disciplines, and beyond each individual discipline. Its goal is the understanding of the present world, of which one of the imperatives is the overarching unity of knowledge.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Prof. Emer. of Oxford University John Hedley Brooke delivered the annual lecture dedicated to one of the founders of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, K.Th. Dimaras. The title of the lecture was "Darwinism and the Survival of Religion". The lecture took place at the auditorium of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2017, Dr Efthymios Nicolaidis, Director of Project SOW, was received by his All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Patriarchate in Istanbul. The meeting was also attended by Professor Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, former President of the International Union of History of Science and Technology, Koyré medal of History of Science, former Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Deputy of the Turkish parliament. During the meeting, His All Holiness was informed about the scopes of Project SOW.
Dr Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, visited Project SOW
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, Dr Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, visited the National Hellenic Research Foundation for what proved to be a fruitful and profound discussion on issues concerning the modern Science & Religion dialogue in Greece. Dr Kalaitzidis was accompanied by the Academy's academic associate Dr Nikolaos Asproulis.
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.
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