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    Science and Eastern Orthodoxy: From the Greek Fathers to the Age of Globalization (Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context) (Hardback) By (author) Efthymios Nicolaidis, Translated by Susan Emanuel

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    DescriptionPeople have pondered conflicts between science and religion since at least the time of Christ. The millennia-long debate is well documented in the literature in the history and philosophy of science and religion in Western civilization. Science and Eastern Orthodoxy is a departure from that vast body of work, providing the first general overview of the relationship between science and Christian Orthodoxy, the official church of the Oriental Roman Empire. This pioneering study traces a rich history over an impressive span of time, from Saint Basil's Hexameron of the fourth century to the globalization of scientific debates in the twentieth century. Efthymios Nicolaidis argues that conflicts between science and Greek Orthodoxy-when they existed-were not science versus Christianity, but rather ecclesiastical debates that traversed the whole of society. Nicolaidis explains that during the Byzantine period, the Greek fathers of the church and their Byzantine followers wrestled passionately with how to reconcile their religious beliefs with the pagan science of their ancient ancestors. What, they repeatedly asked, should be the church's official attitude toward secular knowledge? From the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth century to its dismantlement in the nineteenth century, the patriarchate of Constantinople attempted to control the scientific education of its Christian subjects, an effort complicated by the introduction of European science in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Science and Eastern Orthodoxy provides a wealth of new information concerning Orthodoxy and secular knowledge-and the reactions of the Orthodox Church to modern sciences.


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    Title
    Science and Eastern Orthodoxy
    Subtitle
    From the Greek Fathers to the Age of Globalization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Efthymios Nicolaidis, Translated by Susan Emanuel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781421402987
    ISBN 10: 142140298X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Libri: I-RK
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Subject Code: RK
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: HRAM3
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 261.5/5, 261.55
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: REL000000, REL106000
    LC classification: BX342.9.S35 N55 2011
    DC23: 261.55
    Illustrations note
    10 color illus., 6 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    23 December 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Efthymios Nicolaidis is director of the Programme for the History, Philosophy, and Didactics of Science and Technology at the National Hellenic Research Foundation. He has written and edited a number of books on the history of science in Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire and coedited L'Europe des sciences: constitution d'un espace scientifique.
    Review quote
    An excellent contribution to college library world history and religious studies shelves. -- James A. Cox Midwest Book Review A thorough and exacting refutation of the idea that Orthodoxy rejects science outright. -- Katherine Warton Times Literary Supplement This book provides the English-speaking reader with invaluable insights and references which cover nearly a continuous two-thousand year period of interaction between faith and knowledge, science and technology. This book will certainly make a serious contribution to existing scholarship on the history of the relation between science and Christianity. It fills an essential, and inadmissible gap in research related to Byzantium, Eastern Europe, and Russia. -- Alexei V. Nesteruk Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith Nicolaidis is well prepared to take on the difficult topic of science and Eastern Orthodoxy... The author lays an impressive foundation for future work... Highly recommended. Choice Nicolaidis offers not only a hitherto missing reference work, but also a fundamental contribution to the history of medieval science - and a challenging reference for future debates. -- Constantin Canavas Icon This is a very useful book to serve as supportive document for the teaching of the history of science and philosophy. -- Christiaan Sterken Journal of Astronomical Data The book is in general of the highest scholarly standard, and it will be a major resource for students and historians of science and religion for decades to come. -- Christopher C. Knight Metascience