Religion and Science

Publications: 12

Embryohood, Childhood, Personhood
Ethics, Religion and Science

Embryohood, Childhood, Personhood

The Orthodox Church has generally taken a pro-life stand with regard to life in the womb, but the Church has not officially commented on embryos that remain in the test-tube or in freezers as “leftovers” following the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure. For the Church, the personhood and the ensoulment of the embryo have been…

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The Orthodox Response to COVID
Liturgical Life, Religion and Science

The Orthodox Response to COVID Failures in Both Theology and Leadership?

Archdeacon John Chryssavgis has recently commented on the way in which, during the COVID pandemic, many of the leaders of the Orthodox Church have “been almost paralysed by division among themselves and by their isolation from the outside world.” He relates this paralysis to a number of important issues, but does not comment in detail…

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Transgressing Our Planetary Boundaries
Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science

Transgressing Our Planetary Boundaries The Climate Crisis and Ecological Sin, Part 2

In 1997, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople coined the term “ecological sin[1]” and since then his idea has come to influence a number of thinkers both within the Orthodox Church as well as others; the most prominent of which has been Pope Francis, who cites Bartholomew in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ (sections 7-9)…

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Ethics in the Book of Nature
Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science, Theology

Ethics in the Book of Nature The Climate Crisis and Ecological Sin, Part 1

With another season of creation care upon us, we should take heed of the fact that the most recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) respectively affirm, for the first time, that climate change is in fact the result of human activities and that the catastrophic climactic events that the world has…

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Hope and the Ultimate Synthesis
Religion and Science, Theology

Hope and the Ultimate Synthesis Lessons from a Russian Orthodox Scientist, Part 3

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски In two previous posts, I covered the scientist Theodosius Dobzhansky’s scientific and political views. The third area I would like to focus on is religion, where we are on less stable ground. Dobzhansky’s views on religion were idiosyncratic and highly personal, and the extent…

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The Camel and Needle
Religion and Science, Theology

The Camel and Needle Lessons from a Russian Orthodox Scientist, Part 2

български | ქართული | ελληνικά Read Part 1: Between Darwin and Dostoevsky Freedom mattered to Theodosius Dobzhansky. He was concerned to articulate a scientific worldview in which Darwin buttressed free will, and he felt it helped answer the problem of evil (offering an early version of the “free process defense” to natural evil, similar to…

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