SCIENCE AND ORTHODOXY: A PERPLEXING ISSUE by Fr. Ted Bobosh



  • I have felt for some time that the Orthodox Church has had an insular attitude when it comes to engaging science, the scientific worldview, scientific materialism or scientism. Orthodoxy likes to keep its mind in the past, revel in ancient theological decisions, and today mostly to repeat what the Fathers said about the issues they faced in the 4th-15th Centuries. There have been a few modern Orthodox writers who have engaged scientific thinking, sometimes brilliantly. Sadly, these days Orthodox writers bring to the 21st Century a closed mind, writing only about past triumphs of Orthodoxy or suggesting that all possible challenges to theology were dealt with in the Patristic period and now there is nothing to do but repeat old arguments as if this can prevent us from having to face the 21st Century. Additionally, some Orthodox have become so reactionary toward the modern world that they seem to be afraid of any current questions and prefer to frolic in past glories rather than face current realities. Years ago, a friend of mine quipped that the Orthodox Church had become the Church for everyone who was afraid of the 20th Century. Well, time moved on and we are in the 21st Century in a Church that is still afraid of the 20th Century. We only need to take courage in Christ’s statement: “My Father is working still, and I am working” (John 5:17). God has not abandoned us in the 20th or 21st Centuries [I will note that according to the Evangelist John the people of that century wanted to kill Jesus for those words.] I think Christ might rebuke us as He did His disciples in the boat being swamped by the storm: “Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:23-27)

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  • @Vicious-Retard said in SCIENCE AND ORTHODOXY: A PERPLEXING ISSUE by Fr. Ted Bobosh:

    I have felt for some time that the Orthodox Church has had an insular attitude when it comes to engaging science, the scientific worldview, scientific materialism or scientism. Orthodoxy likes to keep its mind in the past, revel in ancient theological decisions, and today mostly to repeat what the Fathers said about the issues they faced in the 4th-15th Centuries. There have been a few modern Orthodox writers who have engaged scientific thinking, sometimes brilliantly. Sadly, these days Orthodox writers bring to the 21st Century a closed mind, writing only about past triumphs of Orthodoxy or suggesting that all possible challenges to theology were dealt with in the Patristic period and now there is nothing to do but repeat old arguments as if this can prevent us from having to face the 21st Century. Additionally, some Orthodox have become so reactionary toward the modern world that they seem to be afraid of any current questions and prefer to frolic in past glories rather than face current realities. Years ago, a friend of mine quipped that the Orthodox Church had become the Church for everyone who was afraid of the 20th Century. Well, time moved on and we are in the 21st Century in a Church that is still afraid of the 20th Century. We only need to take courage in Christ’s statement: “My Father is working still, and I am working” (John 5:17). God has not abandoned us in the 20th or 21st Centuries [I will note that according to the Evangelist John the people of that century wanted to kill Jesus for those words.] I think Christ might rebuke us as He did His disciples in the boat being swamped by the storm: “Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:23-27)

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