Book Series Science and Orthodox Christianity, vol. 3

Orthodox Christianity and Modern Science: Past, Present and Future

Kostas Tampakis, Haralambos Ventis (eds)

  • Pages: 230 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59668-6
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This book is the third volume of a series exploring Eastern Orthodox Christian perspectives on the relationship between theology and science.


Kostas Tampakis is an Associate Researcher in the Institute of Historical Studies of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. His interests include the history of science in 19th and 20th Greece, the history of science and religion, and science and literature.

Haralambos Ventis is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Social Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research focuses on the philosophy of religion as well as on linguistic philosophy and the intersection of political theory with theology.


The relationship of Orthodox Christianity to the modern sciences has received scant attention in the last fifty years. While important contributions have been made in history, theology and philosophy, there have been very few attempts to highlight the importance and fruitfulness of the field for an international audience. This volume brings together contributions from scholars of different disciplines to discuss the past, present and future of the relations between Orthodox Christianity and the sciences. The topics covered range from theological discussions of miracles to the importance of seminary work on science and religion and from a practitioner’s view of addressing medical suffering to a historical discussion of the Scientific Revolution in Orthodox spaces.  The volume is addressed to historians, philosophers, theologians, scientists and members of the clergy, but also to any scholar that is interested in discovering the vibrancy of the emerging field of Science and Orthodox Christianity Studies.


1. Haralambos Ventis and Kostas Tampakis,  ‘Introduction – Orthodoxy and the Sciences, from the past to the future’
2. Makrides, Vasilios, ‘Orthodoxy Matters: Why Has a Scientific Revolution not Taken Place in the Greek East? The Role of Orthodox Christian Traditionalism’
3. Yerxa, Donald, ‘Science and Religion in Historical Perspective: Some Brief Thoughts from the Engaged Periphery’
4. Nachev, Ivaylo, ‘Ecology and Environment from an Orthodox Perspective: Current Encounters in Bulgaria’
5. Sakorrafou, Sandy,‘Science, Religion and Bioethical Issues in Greek Orthodox Journals (1998 to the present)'
6. Bouri, Maria, ‘Medicine, Suffering and Death: Palliation and the Ethics of Caring for Those we cannot Cure’
7. Woloschak, Gayle, ‘Teaching about Science and Religion in the Seminary’
8. Kopeikin, Kirill, ‘Science and Theology: The Prospects for Fruitful Mutually Beneficial Cooperation’
9. Nesteruk, Alexei, ‘Humanity as the Central Theme of the Dialogue between Theology and Science and its Hidden Theological Commitment’
10. Costache, Doru, ‘Theological Anthropology Today: Panayiotis Nellas’s Contribution’
11. Ventis, Haralambos, ‘The Enduring Temptation of Scientistic Reductionism as the Secular Equivalent to Ontotheology and Religious Literalism’
12. Foltz, Bruce, ‘Orthodox Christianity and The Archaic Experience Of Nature’
13. Meskos, Georgios, ‘Science at the Edge of Eternity’
14. Knight, Christopher C.,‘Incarnational Naturalism: A Solution to the Problem of Miracles?’