​Science and Orthodoxy around the World (SOW)​
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June 1 / 2020
- May 31 / 2023
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Efthymios Nicolaidis

Science and Orthodoxy around the World (SOW), funded by a 2016 grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, promoted a worldwide dialogue between science and religion.

Building the remarkable outcomes of the pilot program’s first three years, this follow-on project has several key goals:

  1. providing more concise Orthodox responses to current issues at the core of the science–religion relationship;
  2. widening the discussion among a larger audience interested in Orthodox Christian viewpoints about important ethical issues of modern society;
  3. integrating the Orthodox worldview into the global science–religion dialogue; and
  4. creating a dynamic research hub within the National Hellenic Research Foundation, which will work on the relations between faith and science with focus on Orthodox Christianity.

Having established a wide network of scholars, SOW will keep the network active by focusing on eight particular that are pertinent to the dialogue between science and Orthodoxy: cosmology; evolution and environment; physics; philosophy and theology; biology and bioethics; psychology and psychoanalysis; matter and consciousness; and the history of science and Orthodoxy.

The responses are crucial not only for research dialogue, but also for society as a whole. With this in mind, project outputs will target both scholarly communities (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, academic workshops, a specialized open-access research library) and the broader public (e.g., e-classes, a documentary series, and public workshops for educators and clergy).

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