Doru Costache: Recent Activities

In the last few months, AIOCS’ founding director, Associate Professor Doru Costache, has participated in a series of events and had various contributions. Here are the highlights, which do not include AIOCS activities, from the most recent items to the earliest:

The World of the Early Christians: Lessons for Today” ISSR International Society for Science and Religion, June 2022 Blog.

Did John Chrysostom read Philo? A Philonian Analogy in Homilies on Genesis” A talk offered for Actualités Chrysostomiennes, a one-day conference held at the Sources Chrétiennes headquarters. Lyon, 15 June 2022.

Chaired, together with Alexei Nesteruk, the workshop “Cosmology and Theology” of the specialised “Cosmology” group working within project Science and Orthodoxy around the World (SOW). The project runs at Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Athens, 2020-2023), being sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The workshop took place in Athens, on 6 and 7 June, where the co-chairs were physically present, and gathered via Zoom philosophers, scientists and theologians from Australia, Belarus, Great Britain, Greece, Russia, Serbia, and the United States of America. On that occasion, he presented two papers, “What We Know and What We Don’t Know about the Universe: A Scientist and a Theologian’s Views of Reality” (written together with Professor Geraint Lewis, from the University of Sydney) and “The Cosmology of David Bohm: Scientific and Theological Significance” (written together with Professor Richard de Grijs, from Macquarie University).

Coedited with Professor Emerita Diane Speed (Sydney College of Divinity) the second, revised and expanded edition of volume A Celebration of Ut unum sint: The 25th Anniversary (NSW Ecumenical Council’s Theological Reflection Commission: Sydney, 2022).

Elements of Theological Anthropology in Clement of Alexandria” Paper offered for the Research Day 2022 of the University of Divinity, Melbourne VIC Australia. 1 June 2022.

Professor Carole Cusack launched his book, Humankind and the Cosmos: Early Christian Representations (Brill 2021), on 31 May 2022, on the occasion of the last research seminar for this semester of the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney.

Converging Differences in the Patristic Tradition” Talk offered for Theological Symposium organised by the Assyrian Church of the East together with Nisibis Assyrian Theological College. Western Sydney University, Campbeltown NSW, 28 May 2022.

The Principle of Synergy and Nonhuman Created Agency in Clement, Basil, and John Chrysostom” A talk offered for the North American Patristics Society 2022 Conference (26-28 May). Audio recording of the paper and the ensuing discussion.

Affirming Creation’s Goodness in a Time of Pandemic: Patristic Insights” Plenary address for the SCD Theology Research Network 2022 Conference: ‘Theologising in the Shadow of a Pandemic’ Sydney College of Divinity Macquarie Park NSW, 20-21 May 2022.

The World of the Early Christians: A Complex Worldview” ISSR International Society for Science and Religion, April 2022 Blog.

Beyond Religion: (Orthodox) Christianity in Transdisciplinary Perspective” A talk offered for Basarab Nicolescu 80: Anniversary Symposium. Romanian Academy, 25-26 March 2022.

Persistence of Heuristic Protocols: The Impact of Clement, Origen, and Evagrius on Monastic Pedagogy” Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity’s conference “Persistence and Resistance: 100 to 1000 CE” 18-20 February 2022.