Light from the East: Theology, Science, and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

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Fortress Press - 287 pages
In this unique volume, a new and distinctive perspective on hotly debated issues in science and religion emerges from the unlikely ancient Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition.

Alexei Nesteruk reveals how the Orthodox tradition, deeply rooted in Greek Patristic thought, can contribute importantly in a way that the usual Western sources do not. Orthodox thought, he holds, profoundly and helpfully relates the experience of God to our knowledge of the world. His masterful historical introduction to the Orthodox traditions not only surveys key features of its theology but highlights its ontology of participation and communion. From this Nesteruk derives Orthodoxy's unique approach to theological and scientific attribution. Theology identifies the underlying principles (logoi) in scientific affirmations.

Nesteruk then applies this methodology to key issues in cosmology: the presence of the divine in creation, the theological meaning of models of creation, the problem of time, and the validity of the anthropic principle, especially as it relates to the emergence of humans and the Incarnation.

Nesteruk's unique synthesis is not a valorization of Eastern Orthodox thought so much as an influx of startlingly fresh ideas about the character of science itself and an affirmation of the ultimate religious and theological value of the whole scientific enterprise.

 

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Theological Apophaticism and Transcendental Philosophy
91
The logoi of Creation and the World
101
The logoi of Creation and Antinomies
107
Hypostatic Dimension in Theistic Inferences from Creation
110
The Universe as Hypostatic Inherence in the Logos of God
112
Creation in Cosmology and Theology
118
Intelligibility of the World and Scientific Advance
121
Cosmological Evolution and Initial Conditions
126

The Transfiguration of Nature
22
St Athanasius
23
St Maximus the Confessor on the logoi of Creation
25
Detachment from Nature and the Love of Nature
28
St Augustine of Hippo and the Natural Sciences
30
Science as the Handmaiden of Theology in St Augustine
31
Seminal Reasons and Natural Law in St Augustine
33
The Differences between the Greek and Latin Treatment of Nature and Science
36
What Makes Theology Unique among Sciences The Patristic Vision versus Modern Understanding
41
The Inevitability of Mysticism in Theology
44
Theology as Unique
48
Churchs Definitions as Boundaries of Faith
49
Apophaticism of Orthodox Theology
51
The Faculty That Makes Theologia Possible and Its Role in Discursive Theologizing
52
What in Theology Can Be Related to Science?
55
ChristEvent as the Foundation of Theology
57
Science and Theology Compared
61
Spiritual Intellect and Mediation between Theology and Science
63
Orthodox Theology and Philosophy
65
Epistemological Formula
68
Toward a Theological Methodology of Mediation with Science
75
Scientific Monism and Apophaticism
80
Antithetic Dialectics and Antinomial Monodualism
83
Elimination of Real Time in Quantum Cosmology
134
Some General Comments on Hawkings Model
141
Imaginary Time in Quantum Cosmology and Timeless Time in Christian Platonism
145
Diaphora in Creation versus Creation out of Nothing
152
Irreversibility of Time and the logos of Creation
160
Irreversibility of Time and Boundary Conditions in the Universe
167
Penroses Model and Its Theological Interpretation
171
Irreversibility of Time through Irreversibility of Processes
177
Irreversibility and Two Views of Nature
180
Prigogines Treatment of the Time Paradox
183
From Irreversibility in Physics to Theological Contingency
186
Humanity as Hypostasis of the Universe
194
Defining the HumankindEvent
195
The HumankindEvent and the Anthropic Principle
200
Hypostatic Dimension of the HumankindEvent
208
From Anthropic Transcendentalism to Christian Platonism
214
The Participatory Anthropic Principle
220
The HumankindEvent and the Incarnation
226
The Universe as Hypostatic Event
236
Abbreviations
249
Bibliography
270
Index
282
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