Skip to comments.Russian Church, Scientists Clash Over Theology for Physicists
Posted on 06/13/2013 8:35:39 AM PDT by marshmallow
MOSCOW, June 13 (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti) Physics and theology are hard to combine and an attempt to open a theology department at a prestigious Russian nuclear physics institute has stirred up a storm of protest and verbal sparring between scientists and clerics, highlighting Russias increasingly tense religious-secular divide.
The new department is due to open in the fall at Moscows National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), ranked the third best institution of higher learning in Russia, according to a 2012 survey by the business weekly Expert.
But the plan has numerous ardent critics, who call it an infringement on secular education by the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been playing a growing role in public life since the fall of Communism.
Church representatives, meanwhile, argue that the department would not actually focus on theology, but on a more general set of subjects in the humanities, and that the idea for the department came from the universitys administration.
The first salvo in the war of words came in October, shortly after the plan was announced, in the form of an open letter by 91 members in good standing of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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That line is propaganda. Communism is thriving even now, in America.
These whiners sound like Al Gore yelling “climate deniers!”