Christianity and Science. Protoirieus and physicist Kiril Kopeykin.

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  2. Христианство и наука. Протоирей физик Кирилл Копейкин.
  3. Russian
  4. Asliturk, Miriam
  5. History and philosophy of science - Orthodox critique of science - Scientific theories and disciplines > Psychology-Psychoanalysis
  6. 26-01-2017
  7. Копейкин, Кирилл [Author]. Христианство и наука. Протоирей физик Кирилл Копейкин.
  9. Human nature - psychology - Science - Physics - Bible - Religion
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    1. <p>Копейкин, Кирилл (2010). Христианство и наука. Протоирей физик Кирилл Копейкин.<em> Христианство и наука.</em> Retrieved from: <a href=""></a>  </p>
    1. This is a blog/interview with Priest Kirill Kopeikin, Dr. Sc., former priest of the Peter and Paul church and head of interdisciplinary research centre on Science/Theology at St. Petersburg State University (SPSU). Priest Kopeikin claims that it is natural that many physicists come to religion and become priests. He points out that physics’ original objective was to understand God the creator through research on his creation. Although Kopeikin himself did not become priest because of his scientific background he mentioned that modern physics of the 20th century refuted many naïve materialist ideas on reality. In fact, modern physics have shown that humans influence reality and have a place in it.

      Kopeikin grew up in a secular family and came to religion because of his personal existential experience, his need to find out something he intuitively always felt. The turning point came when Kopeikin’s father died. At this moment he understood that he wanted to live for things other than the worldly life.

      Kopeikin considers that the conflict between science and religion comes from partisans of science that believe they know the ultimate truth. According to Kopeikin, Christian tradition is based on two books: one of them is the Bible, the other is the book of nature – the creation itself. Up until the Middle Ages, science was based on the Bible. The change came about when science put studying nature as its basis to solve two problems: firstly, to free people from suffering brought about by hard labor; secondly, to abandon linguistic diversity and come to one common language for all people. According to Kopeikin, science achieved these goals, which is why many people in the scientific community treat religion in an arrogant way. Kopeikin thinks that science does tell the truth but this truth is not total. We realize this when we talk about human nature. We cannot view personality through a scientific worldview because personality cannot be studied by objective empiricism. We see that we have a certain personality but we cannot be sure that others have it too, we can only believe in it. Kopeikin concludes by stating the scientific explanation of reality should also comprise faith.