Azok, akiket Isten intuíció útján juttatott el a valláshoz, nagyon szerencsések és valóban meggyőződéses emberek. De azoknak, akiknek ez nem adatott meg, csak értelem útján tudjuk közvetíteni, várva, hogy Isten megadja nekik a belső szellemi felismerést.
- Blaise Pascal
|Name of Metanexus Local Society|
|Jesenius Center for Science and Religion|
Tudomány és Hit Jesenius Központ
|János Nagyjeszeni Jeszenszky (Jesenius) (1566-1621) was a Hungarian doctor and professor. He was interested in cosmology and physics and as a contemporary of Johannes Kepler, Jesenius had influenced on him, namely on the optical description of the human eye. He died as a martyr because of his faith.|
||Prof. Dr. János Bolyki (chairman)||theologian, professor emeritus||Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Faculty of Theology||reformed
||Prof. Dr. István Viczián||geologist,
scientific consultant||Geological Institute of Hungary||reformed
||Dr. Péter Prőhle||mathematician,
associate professor||Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Institute of Mathematics||lutheran
||Dr. Tamás Béres||theologian,
associate professor||Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University,
Department of Systematic Theology||lutheran
||Tamás Kodácsy||theologian and computer scientist,
researcher||Károli Gáspár Reformed University||reformed
||Eszter Kodácsy-Simon (contact person)||theologian and mathematics-physics teacher,
PhD student||Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University,
Department of Systematic Theology||lutheran
|Residence (Post address)|
|Károli Gáspár Reformed University: University Ministry|
Reviczky u. 4/c. Room 217.
H-1088 Budapest, HUNGARY
|The purpose of the Jesenius Protestant Center for Science and Religion in Budapest is to provide a forum for intellectuals where they can discuss the relationship between science and theology, faith and reason. We would like to address people who for cultural and historical reasons live overly in faith or in rationality.|
There is no protestant higher education institution of scientific training in Hungary, therefore our Center has an especially important role in promoting the approach of scientific and religious thinking.
Although we take aim at protestant intellectuals in the first place, we are open to cooperate with any inquirer having different world view or belonging to other denomination, and also with other Hungarian LSI groups.
Jesenius Center is mediating not only between sciences and theology, but is also inter-denominational: it is a common center of a lutheran and a calvinist institute of higher education. We endeavor to have theologians and scientist, kalvinists and lutherans in the same proportion also in the core group and on the meetings. In the future we would like to take in the members of other denominations, such as baptists, roman catholics for example.
| ||The Jesenius Protestant Center for Science and Religion performs its activity connected to the two protestant institution of higher education in Budapest: to the Károli Gáspár Reformed University and the Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University. Our main subjects are the borderlines of Christian theology and natural sciences.|
As an offset we would like to talk about the connection points of four main topics, namely how (1) logics (2) cosmology (3) informatics, physics, mathematics (4) biology, geology can have an affect on Christian theology, and vice versa. In addition to them we pay attention to the (5) history of sciences and the protestantism.
Our aim is planned the achieve by regular monthly meetings, one yearly conference - the material of which would be published - and courses on science and religion for the students of our protestant universities. For these institutions our Center could be the base for further studies and research works on the mentioned topic.
|Forms of Operation|
|1. Yearly conferences. We plan to organize a one-day conference every year held on a certain topic. We would request two or three presenters, and some responders. The conferences will be open to any inquirer to visit, and the possibility to lecture will be given to any theologian or scientist who is sorted out by a former essay.|
|2. Monthly regular meetings. These meetings will be held at an easily accessible place in Budapest (the center of downtown), and announced at the universities, in the local, clerical and student press. The introduction to the current topic will be given by specialists (45 minutes), and comments and discussion group (or groups) will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be offered to provide the circumstances of an informal discussion. According to our possibilities we would like to publish the best presentations at the end of every year.|
|3. Weekly University courses. After harmonizing the claims and possibilities of the concerned faculties we would like to offer optional courses on certain topics on the question of Science and Religion for the students of the Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University and the Károli Gáspár Reformed University. The courses would take into account as credits for the students, and the lectures could be called to account from the students in the forms of exams or essays.|
|Documentation and propagation|
|4. We will write and spread short flyers and tractates, through which we introduce our aims and give information on our occasions.|
|5. A collection or a small library would be developed, which would consist of borrowable books for the teachers and students of the universities. The base of this library give the books donated by Prof. Dr. János Bolyki who offered his books to the Jessenius Center on the topic of Science and Religion. We look after and expand this collection, and make them accessible for the inquirers. |
|6. We would create an electronical database and a homepage that is easy to survey, and can be developed in a dynamic way.|