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This book contains four essays that were published in past issues of Orthodox Tradition: “The Dog Delusion: Some Remarks About Professor Richard Dawkins’ Mordant Best-Seller, The God Delusion,” “Finding God Between the Cracks: Reminiscences from the Princeton of Albert Einstein, Rose Rand, John Nash, and Father Georges Florovsky,” “The ‘Uncertain Riches’ of Fundamentalism: Some Comments on Unknowing, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity as Paths to Spiritual Wisdom,” and “Scholarly Imprudence: Comments on Contemporary Trends in Orthodox Spiritual Writing and Byzantine Historiography.”
“In Chapter One, I address the rise of militant atheism, which is not only anti-intellectual in its tone but which thwarts, in its practical consequences, necessary exchanges between scientists and religious thinkers, as well as philosophers and humanists in general. In making my arguments, I clearly point out that militant atheism of the recent kind fails to address religion as the Eastern Orthodox Christian sees it and, by extension, fails to address the fundamental assumptions of Christianity—which has clear Eastern roots—at a wider level, too. In Chapter Two, I speak to the notions of unknowability and the discovery of truth in paradox, issues of immense importance for a proper understanding of religion and the profounder aspects of scientific theory. In Chapter Three, turning to the problems of ‘unintelligent’ tradition and religious anti-intellectualism, I observe that many ideas that seem to impede a constructive rapprochement between science (or human knowledge) and Eastern Orthodox religious beliefs are, in fact, misrepresentations of Orthodox belief and foreign to its actual spirit. And finally, in Chapter Four, I offer critical comments about how poor scholarship, fundamentalistic thinking, and Western historiographical conventions have, in concord, served to distort and misrepresent the witness of Eastern Christianity and to obfuscate the vital role that it has to play in intellectual debates and in interdisciplinary efforts to bring human knowledge into a wholeness of expression and to reconcile science, religion, and the humanities in a way that will expand our conception of man, his world, and the universe.”—From the Preface
About the AuthorThe Most Reverend Dr. Chrysostomos is a Senior Scholar at the C.T.O.S. He completed his studies in history (with a concentration in Byzantine historical theology) at the University of California, the Licentiate in Theology at the C.T.O.S., and his graduate study in psychology at Princeton University. He has held professorial posts at the University of California, Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ashland University and visiting professorships at the Theological Institute of Uppsala University (Sweden) and, as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, at the University of Bucharest, the Alexandru I. Cuza University of Iaşi, and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. His Eminence is also former Executive Director of the United States Fulbright Commission in Romania.