Modern Science and Orthodox Theology

Course Information
TitleΣύγχρονη επιστήμη και Ορθόδοξη θεολογία / Modern Science and Orthodox Theology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKleanthis Nizamis
Course ID600014676

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 68
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-3

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type Of Offer
  • Disciplinary Course
  • Innovation Course
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By courses completion the student will be able to: - analyze the basic axes of the relations between Orthodox Theology and modern science - deepen to the religious dimensions of certain aspects of scientific proposals - distinguish the reasons why the Church and science conflicted in the past, but also the prospects for dialogue between them - evaluate the different systems of Church-Science Relations in Greece and abroad - approach the concept of religion and science dialogue - distinguish in general the role of religion in scientific development - analyze the main causes of ecclesiastical or religious tensions with science
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course examines the relationships of scientific thought with theology and the religious dimensions of certain aspects of the scientific proposals (Intelligent Design, Bioethics, etc.). The relatively recent interest in the aspects of the Orthodox Christian tradition regarding the scientific view of the world, as well as the new foundations of the dialogue of theology and science, from philosophical, ethical and historical point of view, are also highlighted. Furthermore, relations of the two "paths of knowledge", their heterogeneity and their convergences are studied, and the "religious" role of modern science and its interactions with theology are examined. The prospects opened up in the field of ethics of technological applications are also explored. Finally, the ways in which various religious traditions approach the scientific development and dynamics of Orthodox Theology's proposals in this dialogue are presented.
religion and science, dialogue between theology and science, tradition, science
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of power point, movie viewing
Course Organization
Reading Assigment120.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.4
Written assigments120.5
Student Assessment
The overall presence of students in the classroom, in particular the extent of their participation in the discussion, questions, or comments, is a basic indicator of student interest and is counted in the test results. The examinations are either oral or in the form of papers.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Πέτρος Παναγιωτόπουλος, Τομές και Ασυμβατότητες. Φυσικές Επιστήμες και Θεολογία, Ροπή, Θεσσαλονίκη 2019 2. Peter Harrison, Η Πτώση και η ανάδυση της Επιστήμης, μετάφρ. Κ. Τάκης, Ροπή, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016
Additional bibliography for study
1. Αργύρη Νικολαϊδη (επιμ.), Ο Κόσμος στην Επιστήμη και τη Θρησκεία. Διάλογος ανάμεσα στη σύγχρονη Επιστήμη και την Ορθόδοξη Παράδοση, Αφοι Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018 2. Edward Grant, Tα θεμέλια της σύγχρονης επιστήμης στο Μεσαίωνα. Το θρησκευτικό, θεσμικό και πνευματικό τους πλαίσιο, μετάφρ. Σ. Παπαδάκη, Ροπή, Θεσσαλονίκη 2017
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