Orthodox Christianity and the Reassessment of Scientific Knowledge

Science and Orthodoxy around the World
Second International Conference
Athens, 9-10 February, 2018

National Hellenic Research Foundation | “Leonidas Zervas” Amphitheater

 

Day 1 | Friday, February 9, 2018

09:30-10:00 Gathering of participants | Registration     

10:00-11:30 Session 1

Chair: Efthymios Nicolaidis Research Director, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation | Director of Project “Science and Orthodoxy around the World”

Welcome & opening remarks

 

Keynote address:

Stylianos Antonarakis Professor and Chairman, Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva Medical School, and University Hospitals of Geneva

“The Human Genome: a challenge for the theological arguments?”

 

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

 

12:00-13:30 Session 2

Chair: Andrew Briggs Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford

 

Rev. Doru Costache Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, Sydney College of Divinity

“One Description, Multiple Interpretations: Suggesting a Way out of the Current Impasse”

Commented by Stoyan Tanev Assoc. Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa

 

Gayle Woloschak Professor, Northwestern University

“Science and Orthodoxy Should Be Compatible... Are They?”

Commented by Rev. Răzvan Andrei Ionescu Centre Orthodoxe d’Étude et de Recherche «Dumitru Stăniloae», Paris

 

Discussion

13:30-15:00 Lunch break

 

15:00-16:30 Session 3

Chair: Alexei Bodrov Founder & Rector, St Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute, Moscow

 

Basarab Nicolescu President, Centre International de Recherches et Études Transdisciplinaires, Paris

“Science and Orthodox Christianity Confronted with the New Barbarism: Panterrorism, Anthropocene, and Transhumanism”

Commented by Yakov Rabkin Professor, Université de Montréal

 

Rev. Jean Boboc Dean, Centre Orthodoxe d’Étude et de Recherche «Dumitru Stăniloae», Paris

“Transhumanism and Orthodoxy”

Commented by Magdalena Stavinschi Director, Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies in Science, Spirituality, Society, Bucharest

 

Discussion

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

 

17:00-18:30 Session 4

Chair: Sotirios Despotis, Professor, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

 

Sergey Horuzhiy Major Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences

“Risky Trends of Scientific Development and the Problem of Integral Ecological Expertise”

Commented by Mihai-Dan Chitoiu Professor, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi

 

Sergey Demidov Professor, Dept of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow State University

“Infinity in Theology and Mathematics: Reassessing the Discussion between Academician N.N. Luzin and Fr Pavel Florensky”

Commented by Alexey Postnikov Professor, S.I. Vavilov History of Science and Technology Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

 

Discussion

           
19:30 Participants’ Dinner

 

Day 2 | Saturday, February 10, 2018

10:00-11:30 Session 5

Chair: Kriton Chryssochoidis, Research Director Emer., Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation

 

Argyrios Nicolaidis Professor, Dept of Theoretical Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

“Modern Science and St. Gregory Palamas”

Commented by Alexandre Kostov Professor, Institute of Balkan Studies & Center of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

 

Gheorghe Stratan Chief Researcher, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna | Professor, Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest

“Orthodoxy and the Science of the Future”

Commented by Ronald Numbers Professor Emer., University of Wisconsin

 

Discussion

 

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

 

12:00-13:30 Session 6

Chair: George Vlahakis Hellenic Open University

 

Jean Staune General Secretary, Université Interdisciplinaire de Paris and Lecturer, École des Hautes Études Commerciales

“Apophatism in Science, a key concept for the dialogue between Orthodox Christianity and Science”

Commented by William Shea Galileo Professor of History of Science, University of Padua

 

Alexey Nesteruk Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

“Philosophical Delimiters in the Dialogue Between Science and Theology and the Relevance of the Fathers”

Commented by Vasilios Makrides Prof. of Religious Studies (Orthodox Christianity), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Erfurt

 

Discussion

 

13:30-15:00 Lunch break

 

15:00-16:30 Session 7

Chair: Meropi Morfouli  SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris

 

Rev. Paraskevas (Perry) Hamalis Metropolis of Korea | North Central College, Naperville USA

“Conquering Death Through Radical Life Extension: a Challenge for and to Orthodox Christian Ethics”

Commented by Hilary Marlow Course Director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion | Aff. Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

 

Petar Jevremovic Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

“Critical Psychoanalysis and the Question of Ecclesial Truth”

Commented by Rev. Vasilios Thermos Professor, High Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens | Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Discussion

 

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

 

17:00-19:30 Session 8

Chair: Efthymios Nicolaidis Research Director, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation | Director of Project “Science and Orthodoxy around the World”

 

Round Table with the participation of:

John Hedley Brooke Fmr Idreos Professor of Science & Religion, University of Oxford

Rev. Doru Costache Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, Sydney College of Divinity

Rev. Christopher Knight Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge

Donald Yerxa Editor, Fides et Historia

 

19:30 Conference summary and closing remarks

 

 

 
 
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