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Light from the East (Theology and the Sciences) [Paperback]

By Alexei V. Nesteruk (Author)
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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.09" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   1.04 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2003
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800634993  
EAN  9780800634995  

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Item Description...
The first major synthesis of Eastern Orthodox theology with the perspectives of modern science! Gives an intriguing perspective on the divine in creation, time and eternity, the anthropic principle, the emergence of humans and the incarnation, current models of creation.

Publishers Description
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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More About Alexei V. Nesteruk

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr Alexei Nesteruk is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and a Deacon in the Russian-Orthodox Church. He is author of Light from the East: Theology, Science and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Fortress 2003.

Alexei V. Nesteruk was born in 1957.

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The diaphora of creation in the divine logoi  Nov 20, 2007
Nesteruk goes through a number of major issues in big science to show how each one ends up at an antinomy (Kantian style) which can only be "resolved" by seeing the tension itself as a divinely mandated pointer towards the diaphora in all creation. The universe, in other words, points to God not only because it is coherent, but also because it is incoherent (in se); as these two premises clash antinomically, they point even deeper to the very nature of Nature as diaphoric (split) between realities manifest to dianoia (natural, empirical reason) and the logoi, rooted in God, known by the nous by grace. To read this book more profitably, it will help to have a fair grasp of Orthodox theology and Kant's legacy.

I found the structure of the book a bit dizzying at times, until I "got it" a few chapters in: it's a set up job (but not a straw man), like one chapter-long article from a scholastic manual. "It would seem that creation is not a divine work since it manifests the following antinomy." "On the contrary, creation is a divine work because the antinomy indicates the diaphora (Greek: difference, split) in creation as a contingent work from a Divine source." Each antinomy gets a chapter, after some introductory chapters on the history of science in the West and a dense grounding in Orthodox metaphysics. At times, this book bent my head. Hooray!

Nesteruk has provided a fine resource for the philosophy of science to have a crack at. Very appealing was Nesteruk's emphasis on science as a form of worship (Nesteruk being a theoretical physicist and all modes of life being properly subsumed by their theo-logical foundation). Alas, I feel his dismissal of S. Jaki's and R. Hooykas as idealistic in their treatment of history was off-base. But no book is perfect.
A highly erudite and complex discussion  Sep 11, 2003
Light From The East: Theology, Science, And The Eastern Orthodox Tradition by Alexei V. Nesteruk (a researcher in cosmology and quantum physics), presents a new perspective on the conflicts between science and religion. Revealing unique contributions from the Orthodox tradition of Greek Patristic thought that apply to human understanding of God in our world in a way that Western traditions do perceive as adroitly, Light From The East persuasively addresses a vision of harmony between Orthodox vision and cosmology that incorporates the irreversibility of Time, humanity as universal hypostasis, and more. A highly erudite and complex discussion, Light From The East is a welcome and recommended addition to Religious Studies collections and Christian Theology reading lists.

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