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Darwin and Christianity - Part 13: God and Creation

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Fr. Tom continues his series on Darwin and Christianity with some musings on God and Creation.

In our reflections on the relationship between natural science and Christian theology, we have been saying that it’s really very important that we would have accurate understandings, both of natural science—what it says, what it doesn’t say, what it claims, what it doesn’t claim—and that we would have accurate understanding about Christian theology—what Christian theology claims and what it doesn’t claim, what it thinks. Here,…

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Not Made by Human Hands

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Fr. Thomas relates the story of the icon not made by hand which is celebrated each August after the Dormition of the Theotokos. Could it actually be the shroud of Turin?

When we were reflecting on the month of August, that strange last month of the ecclesiastical year in the Orthodox Church, I mentioned that there were three feasts of the Savior: August 1, the so-called first feast of the Savior, was the procession and celebration of the wood of the Cross that began the 15 days of prayer and fasting before the Dormition of the Theotokos. Then we mentioned the sixth of August, the celebration of the Christian festival of booths, the…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 12: The Soul

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How do you describe the distinction between human beings and animals? Is it the soul or is it something else altogether?

It seems to me that when we Christians, and Orthodox Christians, are reflecting on natural science and particularly the Darwinian revolution with the teaching about evolution and the origin of species and natural selection and the relationship of all beings to each other—the plants and the animals and the birds and the fish and all that comes to be—and then very specifically speaking about the origin of human beings, the distinction of human beings from…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 11: Death

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In this episode on the Darwinian Revolution and the relationship between natural science and Christian theology, Fr. Thomas Hopko reflects on the issue of death.

Continuing now in our reflections on the relationship between science and theology, Christian theology—and, as you know, I prefer to say “natural science and Christian theology” rather than “science and religion” because I do believe that “religion” is too vague and too general a term to be used, although it’s used all the time. There’s plenty of writings about science and religion, but I still like to hold forth…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 10: The Genesis Account (part 4)

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Part 4 of the teachings from Genesis as a section in the larger series on Darwin and Christianity.

We want to complete our reflection on Genesis right now relative to the whole relationship between science and Christian faith, particularly the origins and the human life on the planet and how this is understood theologically. We have said already many things, and the one thing we do want to say and insist upon is that the Bible does not teach natural science and the Bible is not mythology. The Bible is the testimony to the activity of God Almighty in creation and…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 9: The Genesis Account (part 3)

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Part 3 of the teachings from Genesis as a section in the larger series on Darwin and Christianity.

Continuing now on our reflection about the Darwinian revolution and the issue of evolution, the issue of natural science in relationship to the Christian Gospel and Christian faith and Christian theology, we want to continue now with our meditation on the text of Genesis. This will be the ninth reflection in the series on the Darwinian revolution and the third one about the book of Genesis. We began looking at Genesis with chapter one, and we reflected upon the account…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 8: The Genesis Account (part 2)

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Fr. Tom Hopko continues his series on Darwin with his 2nd reflection on the creation story in Genesis.

In our seventh reflection on the Darwinian revolution and natural science generally with Christian theology, we began a meditation on Genesis. Basically we want to meditate on the accounts of creation in the Bible, that we have in holy Scripture. We said last time that there are two accounts of creation in the first three chapters of Genesis. The first account is from Genesis 1:1, the very beginning of the Bible, to the third verse of the second chapter, to 2:3. Then…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 7: The Genesis Account (part 1)

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In his continuing series on Charles Darwin and Christianity, Fr. Tom begins a reflection on the creation story as told in Genesis.

In our last reflection on the Darwinian revolution and natural science in general in relationship with Christian theology, I made the very strong point—first of all, I made the very strong point about the Christocentrism of Orthodox theology, the Gospel of Christ, the crucified, glorified Christ as the very center of the Gospel. But then in our last reflection I took that very same conviction and applied it to the Bible and how Christians, ancient Christians…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 5

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In the 5th part of his series on Charles Darwin, Fr. Thomas talks about the relationship of this Darwinian Revolution and natural science in general to the issue of Orthodox Christian theology.

This is the fifth of my reflections on the Darwinian revolution, and I’m using Darwinism as a kind of symbol for science generally, natural science generally, and to use that as a way of reflecting on the relationship between natural science and Orthodox Christian theology. As you know, those of you who have listened to the first four of my reflections, there are several things that I always say right up front, right from the beginning. Number one is that these…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 4

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In part 4 of Fr. Tom Hopko's talks on the Darwinian revolution, he looks at what Charles Darwin may have experienced in terms of Christianity in his day.

This is the fourth in our reflections about natural science and Christian theology using Charles Darwin as a kind of example or object lesson in discussing the very particular issue, not only of natural science and Christian theology, but the issue of natural selection, generally speaking the theory of evolution and how that might relate to Christianity. As I mentioned in the earlier presentations, these are just my personal reflections. I’m certainly not an…

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