Accuracy and the rise of modern science

 by Dr Efthymios Nicolaidis, Project SOW Director

Claudius Ptolemy, the great Alexandrian astronomer of the 2nd c. A.D., begins his book Mathematical syntax of astronomy, known as Almagest, as follows:

Focal points and methodological issues in the research of Science-Orthodoxy relations

National Hellenic Research Foundation | 26 February 2017


By Miriam Asliturk, Project SOW Researcher

Athens lectures

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 19:00, and every Tuesday of January

Project SOW organized a series of lectures for the public titled "Science & Religion: A complicated relationship". 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Vassileios Konstantoudis, Researcher, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, "Democritos" Center for Scientific Research

The John Hedley Brooke Lecture

  On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Prof. Emer. of Oxford University John Hedley Brooke delivered the annual lecture dedicated to one of the founders of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, K.Th. Dimaras. The title of the lecture was "Darwinism and the Survival of Religion". The lecture took place at the auditorium of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece.

Science & Orthodoxy around the World (SOW)

The major aim of Project SOW is to chart a previously unknown field: the views and positions on the relations between Science and religion in the entire Orthodox Christian world, and thus setting the foundations for an organized and advanced dialogue between Science and Orthodoxy, creating a network of scholars from various fields and traditions. This dialogue is to be related with the relevant dialog in West Christianity creating a fruitful interaction.

Project SOW meets His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch

On Tuesday, September 27, 2017, Dr Efthymios Nicolaidis, Director of Project SOW, was received by his All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Patriarchate in Istanbul. The meeting was also attended by Professor Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, former President of the International Union of History of Science and Technology, Koyré medal of History of Science, former Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Deputy of the Turkish parliament. During the meeting, His All Holiness was informed about the scopes of Project SOW.

The Volos Academy for Theological Studies

Dr Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, visited Project SOW


On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, Dr Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, visited the National Hellenic Research Foundation for what proved to be a fruitful and profound discussion on issues concerning the modern Science & Religion dialogue in Greece. Dr Kalaitzidis was accompanied by the Academy's academic associate Dr Nikolaos Asproulis. 

Για έναν γόνιμο διάλογο θρησκείας και επιστήμης

Του Γεωργίου Μέσκου, Δρος Θεολογίας

Όταν σκεπτόμαστε τον διάλογο της όποιας θρησκείας, ή ακριβέστερα της αντίστοιχης θεολογίας της, με την επιστήμη είναι αναγκαίο να απαντήσουμε σε ένα κεντρικό ερώτημα: ποιους αφορά αυτός ο διάλογος. Χαριτολογώντας μπορούμε να αναρωτηθούμε, άρα υπάρχει κάποια κυρία επιστήμη η οποία συζητά με κάποια κυρία θρησκεία ή θεολογία; Το ερώτημα δεν είναι τόσο αφελές όσο φαίνεται εκ πρώτης όψεως. Και αυτό γιατί αν δεν ορισθούν με σαφήνεια τα δύο μέρη της σχέσης, τότε ο καθένας δίνει ένα δικό του νόημα στις λέξεις και οδηγεί την συζήτηση εκεί που εκ των προτέρων θέλει. Στην περίπτωση αυτή, που είναι εξαιρετικά συνήθης, δεν έχουμε διάλογο αλλά παράλληλους και ασύμπτωτους μονολόγους που μάλλον δεν παρουσιάζουν ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον.

The John H. Evans lecture

What is a Human? The American Public's Views and the Impact on Human Rights

What a human “is” has probably been debated for as long as humans have had critical self-consciousness. Scholars in this debate have also long claimed that if someone uses the “wrong” definition of a human, they will treat people less humanely.

An encounter with Stavros Yangazoglou

Stavros Yangazoglou

Stavros Yangazoglou is the Director of the journal Theologia and editor of the Greek edition of the French text series Sources Chrétiennes for Indiktos Publications. Furthermore, he is advisor to the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and Director of the 1st Bureau of the Institute for Educational Policy. His work includes more than 80 articles and studies in Greek, French, English, Italian and Serbian language, and has been involved in the development of the new Religious Education school textbooks.



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