Book Series Science and Orthodox Christianity, vol. 2

Orthodox Christianity and Modern Science: Theological, Philosophical, Scientific and Historical Aspects of the Dialogue

Christopher Knight, Alexei Nesteruk (eds)

  • Pages: 186 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59267-1
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This book is the second volume of a series exploring Eastern Orthodox Christian perspectives on the relationship between theology and science.


Christopher C. Knight has a Ph.D. in astrophysics as well as a degree in theology. He is a Senior Research Associate of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, England.

Alexei V. Nesteruk, PhD (physics and mathematics), DSc (philosophy), teaches in both the University of Portsmouth (England) and the St Petersburg State Marine Technical University (Russia).


Orthodox Christian theology is based on a living tradition that is deeply rooted in Greek Patristic thought. However, few systematic proposals about how this theology can respond to questions that arise from modern science have yet appeared. This volume, consisting of eleven essays by different authors about how this response should be formulated, therefore represents a significant contribution to Orthodox thinking as well as to the broader science-theology dialogue among Christians. The variety of approaches in the essays indicates that there does not yet exist among Orthodox a consensus about the methodology that is appropriate to this dialogue or about how the questions that arise from specific scientific insights should be answered. Nevertheless, they indicate the ways in which Orthodox approaches to science differ significantly from most of those to be found among Western Christian scholars, and in this way they point to an underlying unity of perspective that is rooted in the Orthodox tradition.



General Aspects of the Dialogue between Orthodox Theology and Natural Sciences

Christopher C. Knight, Tradition Seeking Understanding 

Doru Costache, One Description, Multiple Interpretations 

Sergey S. Horujy, Cosmic Liturgy, Orthodox Theology, and Integral Ecological Expertise  

Philosophical Aspects of the Dialogue between Orthodox Theology and Science

Alexei V. Nesteruk, The Dialogue between Theology and Science in View of an Irreducible Ambiguity in Hermeneutics of the Subject 

Tatiana Litvin, Knowledge of God and Phenomenological Foundations of Religious Experience  

Orthodox Theology of Nature, Ecological Insights and Bioethics 

Elizabeth Theokritoff, Orthodox Theology, Ecology and Science  

Bruce Foltz, ‘The Lord Is in this Place, Yet I Did Not See It’

Gayle E. Woloschak, Reflections on Gene Editing Technology 

 Historical Aspects of the Relationship between Orthodox Theology and Science  

Adrian Lemeni, References of Father Dumitru Staniloae’s Thought in the Dialogue between Theology and Science  

Kirill Kopeikin, Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy 

Gheorghe Stratan, Orthodoxy and Future Science