INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHRISTIAN-ORTHODOX THEOLOGY (2020)

DAY 3 - MAIN SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY 6 MAY 2020

DAY 3 - MAIN SESSIONS - WEDNESDAY, MAY 6th 2020

VENUE: "BOOK CASTLE", NATIONAL LIBRARY OF GREECE, STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER
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4. Inter-disciplinary dialogue: Theology, Sciences, Technology and Society

Session A
09:00-11:30

Moderators: Georgios Filias, Professor, Department of Social Theology and the Study of Religion, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Chrysostomos Stamoulis, Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Religious Education between Theology, Pedagogics, and Culture

9:00-9:15 | Athanasios Stogiannidis, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki / "Tracing an encounter between Theology and Pedagogy".

9:15-9:30 | Marios Koukounaras-Liagkis, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens /  "Pedagogic and theological presuppositions of the (inter)cultural dimension of Religious Education".

Natural Sciences and Theology

9:30-9:45 | Petros Panagiotopoulos, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki /  "Christian theology and Naturasciences: Mirroring and suspicions".

9:45-10:00 | Kanaris Tsigkanos, Professor, Department of Physics, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens / "Astronomy and Theology. The case of Fr. Georges Lemaitre, a pioneer of the Big Bang theory and the expansion of the Universe".

Biotechnologies and Theology 

10:00-10:15 | Nikolaos (Hatzinikolaou), Metropolitan of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki / "The new human being of technology and the 'καινός' human being of Orthodox Theology"

10:15-10:30 | Konstantinos Kornarakis, Associate  Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens /  "Deadlocks and perspectives in the dialogue of Orthodox Christian Anthropology with Biomedical Sciences".

Humanities and Theology

10:30-10:45 | Maria Vassileiadou, Associate Professor, Department of Social Theology and the Study of Religion, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens /  "Medicine and Theology in the 21st Century: Higher Brain Functions and Evaluation".

10:45-11:00 | Rev. Fr. Stavros Kofinas, Coordinator, Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care /  "Impasses in pastoral care – Dο people want to be pastored?".

11:00-11:30 | Discussion.

11:30-12:00 | Coffee break.

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Thematic Round Table
12:00-14:00

Moderators: Hierotheos (Vlachos), Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios | Nikolaos (Hatzinikolaou), Metropolitan of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki.

The dialogue between Theology and Sciences

12:00-12:15 | Rev. Fr. Christopher C. Knight, Executive Secretary (retired) of the International Society for Science and Religion, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge / "Tradition and Theological Creativity: Challenges from the Sciences".

12:15-12:30 | Gayle E. Woloschak, Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University, Evanston-Chicago, Adjunct Professor of Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology of Chicago and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary / "Orthodoxy and challenges from biology".

12:30-12:45 | Miltiadis Vantsos, Associate Professor, Department of Pastoral and Social Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki / "The argument of autonomy in the context of the moral reflection on euthanasia".

Orthodox Theology and the major problems of the 21th Century: Digital Revolution, Climate Change, Refugee Problem, Economic Crisis and Unemployment

12:45-13:00 | Apostolos Nikolaidis, Professor, Department of Social Theology and the Study of Religion, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens / "The digital rights in light of Orthodox anthropology".

13:00-13:15 | Niki Papageorgiou, Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki / "The refugee crisis in the 21st century: Theological challenges and ecclesiastical answers".

13:15-13:30 | Elizabeth Theokritoff, Senior Research Associate, Lecturer, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge University / "The voice of the Lord upon the (rising) waters: 'Climate crisis' and Orthodox theological response".

13:30-13:45 | Christos Tsironis, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki / "Climate Change, Human Being and Society: Challenges, open questions and desiderata for Orthodox Theology".

13:45-14:00 | Discussion.

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5. Orthodox theology, public space and pluralistic societies

Session C
16:00-18:00

Moderators: Aristotle Papanikolaou, Professor, Fordham University | Vasilios Makrides, Professor, School of Philosophy, University of Erfurt.

Public space, pluralistic societies and Orthodox theology

16:00-16:15 | Konstantinos Delikostantis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Theology, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Professor, Institute of Post-Graduate Studies in Orthodox Theology of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Chambésy, Switzerland / "Human rights as a challenge and opportunity for the Orthodox Church and Theology".

16:15-16:30 | Nikolaos Maghioros, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki / "The Law of the Church as a promoter of Christian unity in the modern pluralistic world".

16:30-16:45 | Peter Petkoff, Senior Lecturer, Brunel Law School and Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, Regent’s Park College, Oxford University / "Christology, Human Person and the making of modern Human Rights – Reclaiming Political Theology through the legacy of Charles Malik".

16:45-17:15 | Discussion.

17:15-17:45 | Coffee break.

Session D
17:45-20:30

Moderators: Alexander (Gianniris), Metropolitan of Nigeria/ Most Reverend Ignatije (Midić), Bishop of Pozarevac, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Belgrade University.

Orthodox Theology facing modern challenges

17:45-18:00 | Aristotle Papanikolaou, Professor of Theology, Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture, Co-founding director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University / "Doing Orthodox Theology: Then and Now".

18:00-18:15 | Panagiotis Yfantis, Professor, Department of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki / "The anonymity of the shoemaker. Pastoral obsessions and anthropological pursuits on account of monastic holiness within the Orthodox Church".

Inter-religious dialogue and theology

18:15-18:30 | Kyrillos (Katerelos), Bishop of Abydos, Professor, Department of Social Theology and the Study of Religion, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Institute of Post-Graduate Studies in Orthodox Theology of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Chambésy, Switzerland / "The Trinitarian God and the theological understanding of other religions".

18:30-19:45 | Rev. Fr. Brandon Gallaher, Senior Lecturer of Systematic and Comparative Theology and Orthodox Chaplain, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter / "What is an 'Eastern Orthodox Comparative Theology?'".

19:45-20:30 | Discussion.

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