St. Vladimir’s Dean Leads Discussion at Templeton’s “Big Questions Online”


SVOTS Communications/Yonkers, NY] The Very Rev. John Behr, dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, is hosting a virtual discussion for “Big Questions Online,” a publication of the John Templeton Foundation. Father Behr’s essay, “Is God Wholly Separate from the Material Universe?” will be the subject for discussion in the comments section through Monday, October 29, and readers are invited to post questions and comments.

“We are so pleased that Father Behr accepted the invitation to participate,” said Ansley Roan, consulting executive editor for “Big Questions Online.” “His expertise and knowledge allow him to bring important perspective to this fascinating question. We’re excited to see how the discussion develops. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our readers to ask questions and share their thoughts with him.”

In his essay, Father Behr explores our understanding of the nature of God and His role in the universe. He references St. Gregory of Nyssa, a fourth-century bishop, but also invites readers to discuss new scientific discoveries and how they affect our understanding of reality.

The topic is particularly relevant for “Big Questions Online,” which “aims to explore questions of human purpose and ultimate reality and to foster thoughtful discussion of those topics,” Roan said.

In addition to serving as Dean, Father Behr is professor of Patristics at St Vladimir’s Seminary and Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics at Fordham University. His publications include: The Case against Diodore and Theodore: Texts and Their Contexts (OUP, 2011); The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death (SVS Press, 2006); The Nicene Faith (Formation of Christian Theology, V.2) (SVS Press, 2004); The Way to Nicaea (The Formation of Christian Theology, V. 1) (SVS Press, 2001) and Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement (OUP, 2000). He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation.

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