Natural, Anthropological and Social Phenomenon of Nuclear Energy : Irrationality and Rationality

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  2. Природоантропосоциальный феномен ядерной энергии: иррациональность и рациональность
  3. Russian
  4. Asliturk, Miriam
  5. Orthodox view on technology and engineering
  6. 08-07-2018
  7. Комлева, Евгения Владиславовна [Author]. Природоантропосоциальный феномен ядерной энергии: иррациональность и рациональность
  8. Юридическая наука
  9. Higher education - Nuclear energy - Nuclear storage facility - Nuclear waste - Russian Orthodox Church - dialogue
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    1. <p>Комлева, Елена Владимировна (2013). Природоантропосоциальный феномен ядерной энергии: иррациональность и рациональность. <em>Юридическая наука</em>, (3), 17-27. Retrieved from: <a href=""></a> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
    1. The article focuses on commonalities between nuclear and religious phenomena. The author argues that both have elements of eternity and have made great contributions to the existence of humanity. Christian countries were the first to master nuclear energy and Western Christian philosophers, theologians, and scientists were the first to identify problems facing humanity in the new nuclear world. 

      In Russia, collaboration between the nuclear industry and Orthodoxy was encouraged by Alexy II and Archpriest Kiryanov who emphasised the correlation of science and religion. The reapprochement between science and religion was recently manifested by the creation of theology chairs at a number of technical universities, the granting of Sc.D. degree to some Church hierarchs as well as the creation of nuclear centres in Sarov and Sergiyev Posad.  

      In Christian terms, nuclear energy can mean both heaven and hell. Therefore knowledge about nuclear energy and its use must necessarily imply a profound understanding of the essence of man and society. The author aruges that the Russian Orthodox Church, the state, and the scientific community can work together to develop an ethical and responsible nuclear industry in Russia. As a concrete example, the author mentions the possibility of joint action in such fields as the creation, management and reconstruction of underground nuclear waste storage facilities. In this, Russia should also cooperate with neighbouring countries, primarily with China itself, a major nuclear power.  

      The author draws attention to another problem with nuclear energy – the one of corruption and “dirty money.” The Russian Orthodox Church (mainly Protopriest Vladimir Vorobyov) has also expressed its concern about the actions of professionals and managers in the nuclear sector that are characterised by a number of grave violations of moral norms as well as state legislation. Rosatom CEO Kiriyenko spoke in similar terms: “The main issue of nuclear energy today is not technological, but psychological.” The author concludes by stating that understanding the nuclear phenomenon and rooting it in society and religion will globally save humanity.