Dialogo Conf 2014: The First Virtual International Conference on the Dialogue between Science and Theology. Cosmology, Life & Anthropology

DIALOGO. Proceedings of the Conferences on the Dialogue between Science & Theology: Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014

155 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2015

See all articles by Cosmin Ciocan

Cosmin Ciocan

Ovidius University of Constanţa; Ovidius University of Constanţa - Research Center on the Dialogue between Science and Theology

Francesco Fiorentino

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA)

Juuso Loikkanen

University of Eastern Finland - School of Theology

Adrian Vasile

Ovidius University of Constanta

Panagiotis Stefanides

Independent

Steinar Thorvaldsen

University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway, Dept. of Education

Marcel Bodea

Babes-Bolyai University

Pratibha Gramann

De Anza College

Mariusz Tabaczek

Graduate Theological Union

Mihai Girtu

Ovidius University of Constanta

Michael Mensky

P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute

Gheorghe Istodor

Ovidius University of Constanta

Alina Martinescu

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Medicine

Vasile Miron

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Theology

Constantin Cucos

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education

Ioan Rotaru

“Timotheus” Theological Institute in Bucharest

Carmen Ciornea

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Theology

Florin Spanache

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Theology

Mircea Marica

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education

Sanda Deme

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dana Ioncu

Western Vasile Goldis University of Arad / Neurology Department

Catalin Hreniuc

Western Vasile Goldis University of Arad / Neurology Department

Simona Dragan

Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy/Cardiology Department

Ani Docu-Axelerad

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Medicine

Daniel Docu-Axelerad

Ovidius University of Constanţa

Dragos Jianu

Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy/Cardiology Department

Miguel Algranti

University of Buenos Aires

Manisha Mathur

G. N. Khalsa College of Arts, Science & Commerce - Department of Zoology

Gabriela Andrei

Constanta Maritime University - Faculty of Navigation and Naval Transport

Ana Ion

Faculty of Navigation and Naval Transport, Department of Fundamental Sciences and Humanities

Adrian Niculcea

Ovidius University of Constanta - Faculty of Theology

Calin Saplacan

Babes-Bolyai University - Faculty of Greek Catholic Theology

Date Written: November 28, 2014

Abstract

The annual "DIALOGO" CONFERENCES promote reflection and research on important public issues to which Christian theology can make a constructive contribution and is essential in the relation between science and religion in this era; scientists are also invited to manifest their ideas/theories on the topics in a constructive manner. This virtual conferences series gives you a great new way to participate in the fully fledged, scientific and professional conference without personal participation.

We invite you to enter this dialogue with your knowledge, research and findings to help people understand if/how it is possible for someone to believe in God without convicting science, and, vice versa, if/how it is possible for a scientist to keep his findings and never renounce his faith in God. As Francisco J. Ayala said, "I can believe that I am God's creature without denying that I developed from a single cell in my mother's womb by natural processes."

In the light of the many challenges that the world is now facing, a broad understanding of modern science is indispensable in today's society, so that we are both competitive in today's high-tech job market, and well informed on scientific matters. The methodology of modern science has been remarkably successful in uncovering the working of the Earth and universe for us. Just in the past half-century science has unlocked the code of life and read the DNA of many organisms, traced the history of the known universe and discovered a set of mathematical laws that explain, at a fundamental level, virtually all physical phenomena with remarkable precision. It is increasingly clear that any movement that opposes the progress of modern science is simply digging a pit for itself. On the other hand, religion plays a similarly important foundation in the lives of the vast majority of people worldwide. Religion has indisputably inspired some of the world's greatest art and literature, as it is evident even from a casual stroll through any of World's great art museums. Even more importantly, religion has played an enormous role worldwide as a governor of moral and ethical conduct through the ages. Modern science is the most powerful tool known to explore the physical laws and processes that govern the universe. Yet it can say next to nothing about morality, salvation, ethics or the ultimate meaning of life, nor were its methods ever designed to probe such fundamental questions. Similarly, religion through the ages has addressed morality, salvation, the purposes of existence, and is a powerful force for mutual understanding and charity worldwide, but scriptures alone provide no clues as to the mass of the electron or the equations of general relativity, nor were they ever intended to be read in such a technical sense. In general, there is nothing in modern science that is fundamentally anti-religious or in any way negates the many positive aspects of living a moral, charitable, purposeful life; and there is nothing in modern religion that is fundamentally anti-science or should in any way stand in the way of scientific progress.

The dialog between science and theology has always existed whether it led to agreements or controversies. The desire to demonstrate the richness of such a dialog has given birth to our Research Center on the Dialog be-tween Science and Theology, whose mission is to stimulate interdisciplinary scientific research in the above-mentioned fields, as well as in compared and apologetic theology, resulting in solutions regarding the greater issue of today's society on a par with Christian spirituality and faith.

Keywords: dialogue, science, theology, religion, cosmology, life, anthropology, human, social, extraterestrial, behavior, begining, beliefs, faith, God, nutrition,neurology, neuroscience, Math, physics, genetics, biology, Christianism, conference, proceedings

JEL Classification: J11, J7, K32, Q00, Z00, Z10, O15

Suggested Citation

Ciocan, Cosmin and Fiorentino, Francesco and Loikkanen, Juuso and Vasile, Adrian and Stefanides, Panagiotis and Thorvaldsen, Steinar and Bodea, Marcel and Gramann, Pratibha and Tabaczek, Mariusz and Girtu, Mihai and Mensky, Michael and Istodor, Gheorghe and Martinescu, Alina and Miron, Vasile and Cucos, Constantin and Rotaru, Ioan and Ciornea, Carmen and Spanache, Florin and Marica, Mircea and Deme, Sanda and Ioncu, Dana and Hreniuc, Catalin and Dragan, Simona and Docu-Axelerad, Ani and Docu-Axelerad, Daniel and Jianu, Dragos and Algranti, Miguel and Mathur, Manisha and Andrei, Gabriela and Ion, Ana and Niculcea, Adrian and Saplacan, Calin, Dialogo Conf 2014: The First Virtual International Conference on the Dialogue between Science and Theology. Cosmology, Life & Anthropology (November 28, 2014). DIALOGO. Proceedings of the Conferences on the Dialogue between Science & Theology: Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2545840

Cosmin Ciocan (Contact Author)

Ovidius University of Constanţa ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania
040723198555 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://ctcresearch.ro

Ovidius University of Constanţa - Research Center on the Dialogue between Science and Theology ( email )

University Alee no 1
Mugurului 8
constanta, 900012
Romania
040723198555 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://rcdst.ro/

Francesco Fiorentino

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA) ( email )

Bari
Italy

Juuso Loikkanen

University of Eastern Finland - School of Theology ( email )

University of Eastern Finland
PB 111
Joensuu, FI-80101
Finland

Adrian Vasile

Ovidius University of Constanta ( email )

University Alee no 1
constanta
Romania
040241-606467 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.univ-ovidius.ro/

Panagiotis Stefanides

Independent ( email )

Steinar Thorvaldsen

University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway, Dept. of Education ( email )

UiT Norges arktiske universitet
Postboks 6050 Langnes
Tromsø, 9037
Norway

Marcel Bodea

Babes-Bolyai University ( email )

58-60 Teodor Maniu street, Cluj-Napoca
67 Iuliu Maniu street, Sighetu Marmatiei
RO-3400 Cluj-Napoca, Cluj 435500
Romania

Pratibha Gramann

De Anza College ( email )

PO Box 320563
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Mariusz Tabaczek

Graduate Theological Union ( email )

2400 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States

Mihai Girtu

Ovidius University of Constanta ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.univ-ovidius.ro/

Michael Mensky

P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute ( email )

Moscow
Russia

Gheorghe Istodor

Ovidius University of Constanta ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.univ-ovidius.ro/

Alina Martinescu

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Medicine ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.univ-ovidius.ro/

Vasile Miron

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Theology ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.univ-ovidius.ro/

Constantin Cucos

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education ( email )

Iasi
Romania

Ioan Rotaru

“Timotheus” Theological Institute in Bucharest ( email )

Bucharest
Romania

Carmen Ciornea

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Theology ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.univ-ovidius.ro/

Florin Spanache

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Theology ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

Mircea Marica

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

Sanda Deme

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dana Ioncu

Western Vasile Goldis University of Arad / Neurology Department ( email )

Arad
Romania

Catalin Hreniuc

Western Vasile Goldis University of Arad / Neurology Department ( email )

Arad
Romania

Simona Dragan

Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy/Cardiology Department ( email )

Pta Murgu Eftimie, 2
Timis
Timisoara, 300041
Romania

Ani Docu-Axelerad

Ovidius University of Constanta, Faculty of Medicine ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

Daniel Docu-Axelerad

Ovidius University of Constanţa ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

Dragos Jianu

Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy/Cardiology Department ( email )

Pta Murgu Eftimie, 2
Timis
Timisoara, 300041
Romania

Miguel Algranti

University of Buenos Aires ( email )

Av. Cordoba 2122
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires 1120
Argentina

Manisha Mathur

G. N. Khalsa College of Arts, Science & Commerce - Department of Zoology ( email )

Nathalal Parekh Marg
Matunga East
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019
India

Gabriela Andrei

Constanta Maritime University - Faculty of Navigation and Naval Transport ( email )

Mircea cel Batran street
Constanta
Romania

Ana Ion

Faculty of Navigation and Naval Transport, Department of Fundamental Sciences and Humanities ( email )

Fulgerului Street, no.1
Constanta, 900218
Romania

Adrian Niculcea

Ovidius University of Constanta - Faculty of Theology ( email )

b-dul Mamaia nr. 124
Constanta, 900527
Romania

Calin Saplacan

Babes-Bolyai University - Faculty of Greek Catholic Theology ( email )

58-60 Teodor Maniu street, Cluj-Napoca
67 Iuliu Maniu street, Sighetu Marmatiei
RO-3400 Cluj-Napoca, Cluj 435500
Romania

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