Tag: Theodosius Dobzhansky

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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Between Darwin and Dostoevsky
Religion and Science, Theology

Between Darwin and Dostoevsky Lessons from a Russian Orthodox Scientist, Part 1

When he was young and Russia was in the throes of revolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975) felt the “urgency of finding a meaning of life…in the bloody tumult.” But he was stuck between two poles that drew him equally: religion and science. He loved Darwin and he loved Dostoevsky. “The intellectual stimulation derived from the works…

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