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Is The Question Of The Origins A Strictly Scientific Question?

The first topic (Q1) of our new GENESIS and SCIENCE forum raises several interesting questions such as:

Q1.a – Does the Orthodox Christian Tradition still represent a legitimate source of knowledge on the world’s origins or does this question now fall within the exclusive domain of science?
b – Has the question of the Origins become a strictly scientific question?
c – Are there different levels at which the question of the Origins could possibly be assessed?

You can find the direct link to this discussion HERE.

To read my article which deals with those questions, click HERE.


Posted March 31, 2015 by genesisandscience in Uncategorized

NEW: The Genesis And Science Forum

A new Orthodox forum called “GENESIS and SCIENCE” has now been launched. The forum is part of a wider project called The HEXAMERON Project. Its main ambition is to bring together Orthodox Christians from different backgrounds and jurisdictions all working towards achieving the following common goals:
– Assessing both scientific and Christian Orthodox theological perspectives on questions pertaining to the Origins (origins of the universe, origins of mankind, etc.) and exploring ways to correlate these two perspectives;
– Defining a common Christian Orthodox outlook on scientific theories of the Origins such as Evolution or the Big-bang…
– Defining common principles of contemporary Christian Orthodox hermeneutics for Genesis 1-3 in particular (how are we to understand and read Genesis 1-3 today?)

The “GENESIS and SCIENCE” forum is a platform created to enable a dialogue between science and Christian Orthodox theology on the question of the Origins.

The first part of this forum is entitled “Science And Theology In Dialogue” and deals with defining the relation between scientific and theological knowledge.
The second part is entitled “The Hexameron Yesterday And Today” and address the question of how theologians should approach scientific theories of the Origins.
The third and final part is entitled “Genesis And Science” and deals with the actuality of the opening chapters of the Bible on the question of the Origins.

This forum is the prelude to our future workshops entitled “The BIG BANG and the BIBLE” and “EVOLUTION and the BIBLE”.

If you want to join this fascinating discussion, click on the link below and send a request to the board :

Posted March 29, 2015 by genesisandscience in Uncategorized

Do Christian revelation and scriptures represent legitimate sources of knowledge on our origins ?


Does the Christian Orthodox Tradition represent a legitimate source of knowledge on the world’s origins or is this question the exclusive domain of science?

Questions about the world’s origins inevitably put the Christian faithful in front of a problematic : that of the relation between scientific knowledge and theological knowledge.

Some scientists along Stephen J. Gould have claimed that science and theology are not in conflict with each other since they deal with very different spheres of knowledge. The question of the Origins however, would represent a perfect illustration to the contrary. It shows that the teachings of science and theology can -and do- sometimes overlap over the same fundamental issues.

The question of the Origins has always been of great interest to both scientists and theologians. The Fathers of the Church such as saint Basil the Great, blessed Augustine, saint John Chrysostom and many others have composed scores of treaties dealing with the question of the origins of the universe as well as studies on anthropological questions, etc.

Today, there are some within the scientific community who have raised serious objections about the very relevance of these contributions by theologians. “What expertise can theologians bring to deep cosmological questions that scientists cannot ?” wondered Prof. Richard Dawkins, popular scientist and author of “The God Delusion” (The God Delusionp.56-57)

The theoretical physicist Dr. Sean Carroll expressed similar doubts about the relevance of a theological perspective on cosmogonical questions in a recent debate : “If you go to cosmology conferences there’s a lot of talk about the origin and nature of the universe, there is no talk about what role God might have played in bringing the universe about. It is not an idea that is taken seriously.” (Debate between Sean Carroll and W.L.Craig, The Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture, New Orleans, Feb.2014, Sean Carroll’s opening speech) …

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Posted February 22, 2014 by genesisandscience in Uncategorized