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Epiphany Church Hosts a Symposium On Science and Faith

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On Saturday, May 9, 2009, the Rector and parishioners of Holy Epiphany Parish will hold their first of a series of symposiums on questions concerning science and faith. Three papers will be presented: “An Overview of the Problems of Science and Faith from a Pastoral Perspective,” by Priest Victor Boldewskul (Holy Epiphany Parish); “An Astronomer's Reading of the Bible and Creation Narration” by Professor Alexey Vikhlinin (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics); and “Looking for a Balance Between Faith and Science,” by Dr Vladislav Zarayskiy (PhD, Biology). Dr Sergei Mirkin (Professor, White Family Chair in Biology Tufts University) will chair the discussion. Papers will be in Russian with simultaneous English translation. The symposium will begin at 10:00 am followed by an hour lunch break around 11:30. A discussion of the papers will follow after lunch. The symposium is free of charge and is open to all who are interested. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch. For more information,contact Fr Victor ( or Dr Vladislav Zarayskiy (


2 Responses to “Epiphany Church Hosts a Symposium On Science and Faith”

  1. # Blogger George Patsourakos

    The symposium on questions concerning science and faith to be held at the Holy Epiphany Parish on May 9, 2009 sounds awesome. This symposium will be inclusive, because it will include perspectives from pastoral and scientific domains, and will also seek a harmonious balance between faith and science.  

  2. # OpenID vvz

    Dear George,

    the yesterday symposium was definitely a success. We have managed to have very good and receptive audience that was actively participated in the discussion. Alexey's talk on the first day of creation was simply outstanding.
    We have made video recording of all three talks and now preparing all materials to be posted online (hopefully, it won't take us more than a week). If you're interested in receiving those materials - drop me a note at

    In Christ,  

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