On March 26, 2016, Holy Trin­i­ty Ortho­dox Sem­i­nary host­ed Dr Alexan­der Pavuk of Mor­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty for a pub­lic lec­ture on March 26, 2016. Dr Pavuk is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty in Bal­ti­more, MD. He holds a Ph.D. in His­to­ry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware. His research fields include the his­to­ry of sci­ence and his­to­ry of reli­gion in Amer­i­can pub­lic life dur­ing the nine­teenth and twen­ti­eth cen­turies.

The lec­ture began with work­ing def­i­n­i­tions of ‘Sci­ence’ and ‘Sci­en­tism,’ the prop­er role of phi­los­o­phy, and how the idea of sci­ence has changed over the course of hun­dreds and even thou­sands of years to the present day.  He out­lined a his­to­ry of real and per­ceived con­flict between more recent philoso­phers since the West­ern-Euro­pean “Enlight­en­ment” and dif­fer­ent West­ern Church author­i­ties, and what was behind those con­flicts, espe­cial­ly in rela­tion to dif­fer­ent under­stand­ings of fall­en human nature and its poten­tial­i­ty for being healed.  He described the con­fu­sion cre­at­ed by Sci­en­tism and how it was employed by major thinkers in pur­suit of soci­etal per­fec­tion, includ­ing Karl Marx. 

Dr Pavuk offered a sol­id res­o­lu­tion to per­ceived con­flicts through under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ence between sci­ence and phi­los­o­phy, and also by under­stand­ing more tra­di­tion­al approach­es to Bib­li­cal nar­ra­tives, espe­cial­ly the East­ern Ortho­dox patris­tic inter­pre­ta­tion of Holy Scrip­tures. 


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