Light From the East: Theology, Science, and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition  -     By: Alexei Nesteruk
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Light From the East: Theology, Science, and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

Augsburg Fortress / 2002 / Paperback

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The first major synthesis of Eastern Orthodox theology with the perspectives of contemporary science! Illuminating modern scientific understanding with the Greek patristic vision, Nesteruk offers an intriguing perspective on the divine in creation, time and eternity, the anthropic principle, the emergence of humans and the incarnation, and current models of creation. 287 pages, softcover from Fortress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 287
Vendor: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.69 (inches)
ISBN: 0800634993
ISBN-13: 9780800634995
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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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