The emergence of the world: modern science and patristic exegesis

  1. Lemma
  2. Возникновение мира: современная наука и святоотеческая экзегеза
  3. Russian
  4. Saprykin, Dmitry
  5. Orthodox theological tradition and practice > Patristic studies
  6. 2009
  7. Урбанович Александр, иеродиакон [Author]. The emergence of the world: modern science and patristic exegesis
  8. Православие.Ru
  9. Saint Gregory of Nyssa - Saint Augustine
    1. It is necessary to recognize that the unequivocal conclusion about understanding biblical firmament as a curved space and the ensuing consequences regarding the kinematic state of light on the basis of the works of saints Gregory of Nyssa and Basil the Great cannot be made - the texts of interpretations have only indirect and not always unambiguous confirmation of this. The assumption is made on the basis of the application of the developed scientific theory - the theory of Einstein - to the text of interpretation. At the same time, it can be concluded that the use of the Einstein model, at least, does not contradict the description of the created world by St. Gregory. Moreover, the circular movement of light is more consistent with the theory of Einstein and the associated idea of the curvature of the space-time continuum, rather than with the Newtonian theory of "Euclidean" space in the framework of this theory. Whether the author of interpretation himself, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, had an idea of space as non-Euclidean, finite in volume, but without boundaries, is definitely difficult to say from the text.