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The Universe as Communion Towards a Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Theology and Science

by Alexei Nesteruk

The Universe as Communion Towards a Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Theology and Science Synopsis

In this book a new and distinctive approach to the science-religion debate emerges from a synthesis of the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition with phenomenological thought. Developing ideas of Greek Patristics the author treats faith, with its sense of the Divine presence, and knowledge of the universe, as two modes of communion which constitute the human condition. The modern opposition between science and theology (which is historically paralleled with the Church's split between East and West, and monasticism and Christianity in the world), is treated as the split between two intentionalities of the overall human subjectivity. The human person, as a centre of their reconciliation, becomes the major theme of the dialogue between science and theology. It is argued that the reconciliation of science and theology is not simply an academic exercise; it requires an existential change, a change of mind (metanoia), which cannot be effected without ecclesial involvement. Then the person who effectuates the mediation between science and theology is raised to the level of cosmic priesthood while the mediation acquires the features of a cosmic Eucharist in which all divisions and tensions in creation and humanity are removed. It is through this existential change accompanied by phenomenological analysis that scientific theories can be subjected to a certain vision through which the hidden ultimate goal (telos) of scientific research (as the explication of the human condition) shows its kinship to the saving telos advocated by Christian faith. The opposition between theology and science is thus being para-eucharistically overcome.

The Universe as Communion Towards a Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Theology and Science Press Reviews

Mention -Book News, February 2009 'A valuable and interesting contribution of Alexei Nesteruk to the hotly debated topic of possibilities and ways of dialogue between Science and Religion. - European Journal of Science and Theology ...examplary book for graduate students with interests in Orthodoxy and the theology and science dialogue... Bradford McCall, Theological Book Review, Vol 21 No 1, 2009 B. McCall Theological Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567304421
Publication date: 3rd November 2011
Author: Alexei Nesteruk
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 300 pages
Categories: Christian theology, History of science,

About Alexei Nesteruk

Dr Alexei Nesteruk is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and a Deacon in the Russian-Orthodox Church. He is author of Light from the East: Theology, Science and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Fortress 2003.

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