Past and Future
Edited By Michael Welker
“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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