I was discussing with my husband (who is not christian) about the FSM (flying spaghetti monster) and Bobby Henderson's ideas. If any of you are unfamiliar with his hilarious website here it is: www.venganza.org/ However it is apparant that BH is poking fun at religion. Anyway, my husband said that he would be suprised if there were any true scientists who were Orthodox Christians because that "archaic religion" is not compatible with scientific empirical evidence. Therefore I decided to take a poll here to see if there are any scientists who are Orthodox Christians. Thanks for your help.
God bless you all, Juliana Smiley
I'm a Computer Engineer, don't know if that stands enough for being a scientist or not.
Well, anyways, tell your husband the greatest scientists of all time were Christians, some of them being Roman Catholic, or Anglican. Some big names are: Isaac Newton, Johann Kepler (who wanted to be a theologian), Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin, that would be), Pascal, Maxwell, Faraday, Pasteur and lots lots more. Fleming was a preacher I think.
I think (I may be mistaken) that even the director of Nasa, Wehrner von Braun was a christian.
Those were not Orthodox Christians however, for understandable reasons.
For one, I can point to a certain christian who is both Orthodox and a great scientist: the Metropolitan of Mesogaia kai Lavreotiki, Nikolaos, who studied Science at the Aristotlean University of Thessaloniki, then went forward to Harvard and Massachuchets for a Phd in Mechanology, Astrophysiks and Biotechnology. Then of course, he became a theologican, and a monk, and was soon to become a metropolitan as he is today.
That being the case, I can also point to St. Luke of Symferopole and Crimea, a devout doctor and... archbishop, who was declared a Saint by the Russian Orthodox Church just a few years ago. He lived during the difficult ages of the Soviet regime.
I'm pretty sure your husband needs an opinion shift on how 'archaic' Christianity is.