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The Question of Orthodox Experience in Serbia

Théologie orthodoxe et science

Colloquium "Orthodox Theology and Science"

October 6, 2018 | Paris, Romanian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Archangels


 

Organized by the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of Western Europe

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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.

Rev. Dr Gregory Telepneff

Rev Dr Gregory Telepneff: Rev Gregory studied biology at Yale University before switching to history and political science. By his fourth year of studies, he had developed a strong interest for theology and philosophy. Rev Gregory then studied at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, at the St Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and at the New Brunswick Theological School at Rutgers University, earning two masters degrees. He then obtained a PhD at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he was a Newhall Fellow. There he taught Ancient Greek philosophy and wrote a dissertation on the "Concept of Personhood and Free Will in Neo-Platonism and Greek Patristic Thought". After ordination to the priesthood, pastoral work became Rev Gregory's primary calling though he remained involved in academic pursuits. After several years in academic administration, he combined this work with adjunct teaching in Christian Origins, Philosophy and Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Patristics, and Comparative Religion. Rev Gregory also spent a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University studying the relationship between Syrian Christian hesychasm and Early Islamic (Sufi) mysticism. Rev Gregory has published about a dozen papers in scholarly journals, written and/or co-translated a few books, and has been an invited speaker on several occasions, with topics including Patristic Thought and Bioethics as well as Orthodoxy and Science in a more expansive sense.
Interview in English by Miriam Asliturk-Rabkin

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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

Science & Orthodox Christianity in Jerusalem

Bar-Hillel Colloquium

Efthymios Nicolaidis @ Tel Hai College, Israel

Lecture on March 20, 2018 by Project SOW Director Efthymios Nicolaidis at the Tel Hai College in Upper Galilee, Israel

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