Light From The East

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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 ...
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Light from the East: Theology, Science, and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634995
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Theology and the Sciences Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,335,428
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Introduction 4
2 Patristic Theology and Natural Sciences: Elements of History 13
3 What Makes Theology Unique among Sciences: The Patristic Vision versus Modern Understanding 41
4 Toward a Theological Methodology of Mediation with Science 75
5 Creation in Cosmology and Theology 118
6 Irreversibility of Time and the logos of Creation 160
7 Humanity as Hypostasis of the Universe 194
Abbreviations 249
Notes 249
Bibliography 270
Index 282
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