The Universe transcended God's 'presence in adsence' in science and theology

Alexei Nesteruk

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Theology and science, in their dialogue, both attempt to deal with God’s presence in the universe in his actual absence. Without a careful clarification of the meaning of this ‘presence in absence’ the sense of the dialogue cannot be established. This is the reason why in this paper we attempt to express the problem of ‘presence in absence’ along the lines of the eastern Orthodox theological apophaticism by employing conceptual tools of phenomenological philosophy. The discussion is linked to the issue of transcendence in cosmology and its possible theological meaning. It is anticipated that all attempts of the scientific discourse to “remove” the dichotomy in God’s ‘presence in absence’ by pointing towards some ultimate reality cannot be fulfilled, but man can theologically overcome the tension through the transcending mediation between the created and uncreated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-19
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Science and Theology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • presence in absence
  • apophaticism
  • transcendence
  • cosmology
  • subjectivity
  • repentance


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