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The Science and Religion Dialogue

Past and Future

Michael Welker

This book documents the conference on The Science and Religion Dialogue: Past and Future, held at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, October 25-29, 2012. The conference commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Templeton and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the John Templeton Foundation. It brought together about 60 active participants, all of them prominent scholars from many countries and many academic fields. Most of them have been engaged in the Science and Religion Dialogue for the last two or three decades. This book reports on multi-year international and interdisciplinary research projects at leading institutions. The contributions start with presentations by Hans Joas, Martin Nowak and John Polkinghorne and range from Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics and Biology to Philosophical Theology and Religious Ethics. Special topics of the dialogue between Science and Religion are also dealt with, such as Eschatology and Anthropology; Cosmology, Creation, and Redemption; Evolutionary Biology and the Spirit; and The Role of Thought Experiments in Science and Theology.
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“The Divine Fire in All Things” – Orthodox Cosmology in Dialogue with Science



First of all I would like to express my deepest consideration and to thank Professor Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Welker for his kind invitation to this important and challenging conference. I am very grateful to the Templeton Foundation for the 2007 Theological Award for a theological promise. Dr. Murray mentioned in his speech that the Templeton Foundation is a Foundation that seeks to transform lifes and cultures. I would like to confirm his short definition because the Templeton Award changed my life too, my worldview. Thanks to this award I could give lectures in different countries: England, Finland, Russia, Australia, South Africa, USA and enlarge this way my worldview.

In this short paper I would like to present some reflections regarding the Theology and Science Dialogue and to put up for discussion my ideas regarding the meaning of a perichoretical worldview as paradigmatic contribution to this dialogue. I will also try to show how divine fire, i.e. divine immanence in all things might be connected with information, i.e. with an informed universe.

In the history of mankind fire played always a significant role. Throughout the centuries there has been such an intimate connection of fire with the cultural growth of humanity, so that a theological analysis of fire could give some insights on the fundamental relevance not only in tracing the history of human evolution but also in the dialogue of theology with science. Without the ability to control fire the evolution of the...

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