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The Universe as Communion: Towards a Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Theology and Science
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The Universe as Communion: Towards a Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Theology and Science


T&T Clark 2008

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The Universe as Communion presents a new and distinctive approach to the science-religion debate. Developing ideas from the Church Fathers, Alexei Nesteruk treats faith—with its sense of the divine presence—and knowledge of the universe as two modes of communion which constitute the human condition. The modern opposition between science and theology is treated as the split between two intentionalities of the overall human subjectivity. The human “person,” as a center of their reconciliation, becomes the major theme of the dialogue between science and theology. Nesteruk argues that the reconciliation of science and theology is not simply an academic exercise, but that it requires an existential change, a change of mind which can’t be affected without ecclesial involvement.

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Key Features

  • Advances the dialogue between theology and science using the early Church Fathers’ ideas
  • Evaluates science on the basis of humanity’s spiritual achievements


  • A Neo-Patristic Ethos in the Dialogue between Theology and Science
  • Neo-Patristic Synthesis and Existential Phenomenology: The Lines of Convergence
  • Theology and Phenomenological Attitude: The Human Condition, Existential Faith, and Transcendence
  • The Dialogue between Theology and Science: Human-Centered as Opposed to Nature-Centred
  • The Universe as Communion: From Cosmology to Personhood and Teleology of Reason

Praise for the Print Edition

A valuable and interesting contribution of Alexei Nesteruk to the hotly debated topic of possibilities and ways of dialogue between science and religion.

European Journal of Science and Theology

. . . exemplary book for graduate students with interests in Orthodoxy and the theology and science dialogue.

—Bradford McCall, Theological Book Review, vol. 21, no. 1

Altogether, this is a fascinating and ambitious undertaking.

—Ben Fulford, lecturer, systematic theology, University of Chester

Product Details

  • Title: The Universe as Communion: Towards a Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Theology and Science
  • Author: Alexei Nesteruk
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 300

About Alexei Nesteruk

Alexei Nesteruk is a senior lecturer in mathematics at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and a deacon in the Russian-Orthodox Church. He is the author of Light from the East: Theology, Science and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition.

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