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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Orthodoxy and Science

How ought Eastern Christians to relate to the sciences in such matters as, e.g., creation or sexuality? How can we understand the relationship between the truths revealed in Scripture and those found in creation? A new book, under the editorship of Daniel Buxhoeveden and Gayle Woloschak, eds., Science and the Eastern Orthodox Church (Ashgate, October 2011), 232pp., may help with some of these questions.
About this book, whose contents you may view here, the publisher tells us:
Science and the Eastern Orthodox Church explores core theological and philosophical notions and contentious topics such as evolution from the vantage point of science, Orthodox theology, and the writings of popular recent Orthodox critics as well as supporters. Examining what science is and why Eastern Orthodox Christians should be concerned about the topic, including a look at well known 20th century figures that are considered holy elders or saints in the Orthodox Church and their relationship and thoughts about science, contributors analyse the historical contingencies that contribute to the relationship of the Orthodox Church and science both in the past and present. Part II includes critiques of science and considers its limitations and strengths in light of Orthodox understandings of the experience of God and the so called miraculous, together with analysis of two Orthodox figures of the 20th century that were highly critical of science, it's foundations and metaphysical assumptions. Part III looks at selected topics in science and how they relate to Orthodox theology, including evolution, brain evolution and consciousness, beginning of life science, nanotechnology, stem cell research and others. Drawing together leading Orthodox scientists, theologians, and historians confronting some of the critical issues and uses of modern science, this book will be useful for students, academics and clergy who want to develop a greater understanding of how to relate Orthodoxy to science.
I look forward to seeing this reviewed in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies.


  1. Last weekend we had these two speakers present at our annual OCAMPR (Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion) conference. They were excellent. I look forward to reading this book. By the by, I believe Ms. Woloschak's first name should be Gayle.

    fr john cox

  2. Thanks for catching the typo! And I only discovered the OCAMPR website earlier this summer: a fantastic collection of resources!


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