science and religion

“Theology is a discipline that studies Church as a certain factual reality…”

Konstantin Antonov, Chair and Professor of the leading Orthodox university in Russia, answers the questions about the status of theology as an academic discipline. In particular, he discusses issues of the subject of theology, relations between theology and the study of religion, the nature of free theological investigation and the place of confessional loyalty in academic life. In the end, the question is raised about the possibility of installing confessional disciplines in non-confessional institutes of higher education.

What Is Spiritualism?

Unpublished text by a well-known Russian biologist, writer and investigator of mediumistic phenomena N. Wagner deals with the problem of relationship between science and religion. Wagner considers spiritualist practice as a method of conversion into Orthodox religion and a good instrument for Orthodox struggle against unbelief and materialism. The text is introduced by a small preface, which deals with the text’s significance for the history of Russian spiritualist movement in the nineteenth сеntury.

“Science”, “Religion” and Spiritualist Epistemology: Transformation of Classical Science at the End of the 19th Century

Theistic Evolution and Darwinism: from War to Peace

Science and Religion: New Methodological Opportunities

The paper deals with logical and historical relations of science and religion. Science is dualistic: it seeks to learn the world and to dominate over it. Christianity sees the world, before all, as a display of the Divine; but faith is not just contemplation but also the way of salvation. Science is a sequence of falsified and verified theories. In religion, the knowledge of God is given in revelation, but refracted through a tradition, hence the importance of interpretation.

The Discourse of Science-Religion Dialogue in Modern Russia: An Institutional Dimension

«Science and religion» discourse plays a significant role in shaping the intellectual landscape of modern European thought. The article covers three topics: (1) it explores the meaning of this discourse in Imperial and Soviet Russia, (2) it overviews institutionalization of this discourse in modern Russia, and (3) it presents recommendations for its further development.

«The alchemist has always perceived himself „at the very edge of eternity“...»

«The modern sciences have been constantly enriched by a critical introspection that emerged and continues to emerge in the depth of Christian spiritual experience...»

Eugene Rashkovsky is mostly known for his studies in history of culture, comparative study of civilizations, historiography and history of science. In his interview to the Journal E. Rashkovsky speaks about the interaction between religion and science, which he understands as being a relationship of «conflicting complementarity». He believes that Christianity played an important stimulating role in the genesis of Western science. 

Reflections Upon a Theological Distinction According to Which It Is Said, That Some Articles of Faith Are Above Reason, But not Against Reason (with a preface by A. Appolonov)

This is a Russian translation of a text by Robert Boyle, which deals with the problem of faith and reason. Boyle claims that some truths of Christianity are above possibilities of human reason: human reason can’t achieve them unassisted by God’s revelation. But this doesn’t mean that these truths are against reason. The translation is premised by a small preface, which explains the importance of Boyle’s text and situates it in a historical-cultural context.

«Whig History» Concept in the New Historiography of the Scientific Revolution