Belgrade Lecture

Friday, 18 May 2018 | 6:00 PM

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

Free admittance


Prof. Dr Miloje Rakocević, University of Niš

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


Prof. Dr Aleksandar Petrović, University of Belgrade

Assistant Organizer: Aleksandra Stevanović, University of Belgrade

Project SOW presented by: Nikos Livanos




Prof. Dr Miloje Rakocević, University of Niš


The lecture starts with the idea that in knowledge of overall reality all four lines of possible cognition have to be considered: science, philosophy, arts and religion. With a brief overview of the civilizational course of their interrelatedness, the lecture prefigures new perspectives, with metaphoricity, codogenicity, and semioticity of the phenomena in nature and human creation, as their nucleus in general, as well as in concrete examples. Since the time when Frederic Clements (1874–1945), in the year of 1916, showed that each plant community on the planet has to be regarded as a unique organism, metaphor entered natural sciences as well, and with it the understanding that without philosophy science is deprived of the essence of knowledge (epistemology made a big return). The idea was later supported by James Lovelock (1919) who in the 1960s put forward the hypothesis of Gaia (by the name of the Greek Goddess of Earth) as a unique living organism. [Living organisms communicate with their non-organic environment on Earth so to form synergic and self-regulating, complex system which helps maintain and sustain the living conditions on the planet] In most recent times, along with the genetic code, theories of biological code also appear, posing questions whether codogenicity is ontogenetic and semiotic essence, or it is only a term borrowed for easier physico-chemical interpretation. That is the second return of philosophy to help science. By presenting the determination of the periodic system of chemical elements according to golden ratio (half of the 20th century), as well as the genetic code (by the end of the 20th century), new connections of science and arts were established. On the other hand, the question of the existence of reality as such emerged in a new way, and this question inevitably again led towards a new establishment of the relation between science and religion.


Bishop Dr Maxim (Vasiljević)


What are the points of contact between natural sciences (biology, physics, medical therapy, etc.) and theology that would enable their meaningful dialogue? The necessity of a complementary and multidisciplinary approach arises from the fact that human reality is determined by a) the “fallen” state of nature (understood anthropologically and cosmologically), which, due to the inevitable entropy tends to chaos and b) transcendental impulse towards genuine existence which does not want to know about death and corruptibility. Life in Christian experience is not understood merely as “moral” or “spiritual” (contrary to somatic, physiological), but as a complex fact and reality of God-given life in all dimensions, from animal and somatic, through psychic and spiritual to cosmic. A theologian explores human nature in its concreteness (human physiology), but it is also measured in the light of Christ’s personality. While science approaches the question of man by introspecting movement and technologically assisted observation of the man themselves, theology considers man as a indefinable being that may be understood only in the light of their relationship towards beyond-human realities. In that sense, there may be or must be the connection, permeating, or congruence between theology and science. Created by the image of the perfect God, man unremittingly rushes towards their Prototype, not finding peace on the horizon of nature for “abyss” of God’s love eternally invokes the “abyss” of human freedom.  



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