• Gayle Woloschak

    Gayle Woloschak

    Adjunct Professor of Religion and Science at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago

    Gayle Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Science at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological School.

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Syringe and vial

Which Vaccine Should I Receive?

by Catherine Creticos, Gayle Woloschak, and Hermina Nedelescu As more Covid-19 vaccines begin to be made available to the public, Orthodox Christians are asking important questions regarding vaccine safety, efficacy, the differences between the various vaccine technologies and/or which vaccine they should receive. In a document published by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA),...

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Ethics, Religion and Science

Ready for the COVID Vaccine?An Orthodox Perspective

by Gayle Woloschak | ελληνικά | Română COVID has changed the lifestyles of almost every American (and even most citizens of the globe) since March 15 when quarantine orders, stay-at-home orders, mask orders, work limitations, social distancing, and many other such measures began. In m... Read more.
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Religion and the Academy

Same-Sex Behavior and Genetics

The Orthodox Church is generally not opposed to scientific knowledge and scientific endeavors. In fact, many early theologians and saints of the Church (including St. Basil and Ss. Cosmas and Damian) considered themselves to be scientists exploring nature and using nature’s pharmaceuticals to trea... Read more.
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Religion and Science

Evolution and Science Curriculum Debates in Serbia

Recently in Serbia “a group of interested citizens” with signatures from more than 50 academicians and 100 additional people with postgraduate degrees (including 5 clergyman) released a petition to “revise the curriculum for study of evolution.” This petition was circulated to Serbian un... Read more.
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Public Life, Religion and Politics

Science, Truth, and the Current Political Climate

by Gayle E. Woloschak, Tatjana Paunesku, and Katarina Trajkovic Orthodox involvement in world affairs is increasingly becoming necessary; a faith that cares about “true worship” must be ready to defend not only spiritual Truth but the truths that underlie it as well. Orthodox Christians, and in... Read more.
Holy and Great Council

The Paradox of Unanimity: The Holy and Great Council

We are on the eve of the Holy and Great Council, a topic that has weighed heavily in discussions on this blog in recent months.  One major issue that has continually come up for discussion is the fact that the decisions of the Council are to be made by unanimous consent. In effect each Primate...... Read more.
Christian Practice, Holy and Great Council

Fasting Reaffirmed

The draft of the Holy and Great Council’s document, The Importance of Fasting and its Observance Today, affirms the importance of fasting for the spiritual development of the person.  The documents provides a Scriptural and Patristic foundation for the spiritual benefits of fasting, noting that t... Read more.
Holy and Great Council, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Science

The Mission of the Church in an Age of Modern Science and Pluralism

The document, “Mission of the Church in the World,” was released in preparation for the upcoming Holy and Great Council to be held in June (during the Feast of Pentecost) on Crete. This document relates to areas of great significance for problems in the world today—technology, war, discriminat... Read more.
Holy and Great Council, Women in the Church

Women and the Great and Holy Orthodox Council

As preparations continue for the Great and Holy Council set for Pentecost 2016, we eagerly look for the inclusion of women in the Council proceedings. Voting delegations of the Great and Holy Council are exclusively comprised of hierarchs from each of the fourteen local autocephalous Orthodox Church... Read more.