Athens lectures

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 19:00, and every Tuesday of January

Project SOW organized a series of lectures for the public titled "Science & Religion: A complicated relationship". 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Vassileios Konstantoudis, Researcher, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, "Democritos" Center for Scientific Research

The John Hedley Brooke Lecture

  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.

Project SOW meets His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch

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.

The Volos Academy for Theological Studies

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. 

Για έναν γόνιμο διάλογο θρησκείας και επιστήμης

Του Γεωργίου Μέσκου, Δρος Θεολογίας

Όταν σκεπτόμαστε τον διάλογο της όποιας θρησκείας, ή ακριβέστερα της αντίστοιχης θεολογίας της, με την επιστήμη είναι αναγκαίο να απαντήσουμε σε ένα κεντρικό ερώτημα: ποιους αφορά αυτός ο διάλογος. Χαριτολογώντας μπορούμε να αναρωτηθούμε, άρα υπάρχει κάποια κυρία επιστήμη η οποία συζητά με κάποια κυρία θρησκεία ή θεολογία; Το ερώτημα δεν είναι τόσο αφελές όσο φαίνεται εκ πρώτης όψεως. Και αυτό γιατί αν δεν ορισθούν με σαφήνεια τα δύο μέρη της σχέσης, τότε ο καθένας δίνει ένα δικό του νόημα στις λέξεις και οδηγεί την συζήτηση εκεί που εκ των προτέρων θέλει. Στην περίπτωση αυτή, που είναι εξαιρετικά συνήθης, δεν έχουμε διάλογο αλλά παράλληλους και ασύμπτωτους μονολόγους που μάλλον δεν παρουσιάζουν ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον.

The John H. Evans lecture

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.

An encounter with Stavros Yangazoglou

Stavros Yangazoglou

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.



Modern Science and the Orthodox Tradition. An uneasy relationship?

For information on the conference participants, please visit the Participants page

The scientific experiment in the Modern Age. A presentation by Dr Peter Heering

Prof. Dr Peter Herring at SOW

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.

His Eminence the Metropolitan of Diokleia Kallistos (Ware) visits SOW

His Eminence the Metropolitan of Diokleia Kallistos

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.



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