Questions of Truth (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 2009 - RELIGION - 186 pages
3 Reviews
How did the universe begin? Can God's existence be proven? Do humans matter more than animals? For many years people have sent the scientist-turned-priest John Polkinghorne these and other questions about science and belief. In question-and-answer format, Polkinghorne and his collaborator Nicholas Beale offer their highly informed opinions about some of the most frequently asked of these questions. Readers can follow their own paths through the book, selecting questions that interest them and looking at the additional material if they choose. This unique book will help Christians clarify their beliefs regarding difficult issues and better face challenges--from within and from others--to their faith.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - RussWhite - LibraryThing

Questions comes from the questions asked of two working physicists, and their answers to those questions. the goal is to present a set of Christians beliefs that can work with science (or rather ... Read full review

Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Polkinghorne, former professor of physics at Cambridge University and esteemed writer on questions of the interaction between science and religion, is a kind of antidote to Richard Dawkins and Sam ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Leading Questions
5
Human Nature
9
The Existence of God
11
Creation and Evolution
14
Evil and Suffering
16
Divine Action
17
Jesus Christ
19
Isnt Evolution Unethical?
60
Why Is Evolution so Wasteful?
61
Evil
63
Who or What Is the Devil?
65
Why Is There Cancer?
66
Is Original Sin a Result of Nature or Nurture?
67
Why Do People Choose Evil?
68
Does Religion Inspire Evil Acts?
69

Final Destiny
22
Atheism
24
The Concept and Existence of God
26
Is God a Delusion?
27
How Can God Inhabit Eternity?
31
Does God Know Everything?
32
Is Everything Divinely Predestined?
34
What about the Trinity?
35
The Universe
39
How Can Something Come from Nothing?
40
Isnt Everything Random?
41
What is the Anthropic Principle?
43
Have Anthropic Arguments Been Refuted?
45
Why Is the Universe So Big?
50
Is a Unified Theory of Everything Possible?
51
Evolution
54
What about Intelligent Design?
56
Can the Mind Be Explained by Evolution?
58
Human Being
71
What Does It Mean to Be Created in the Image of God?
72
When Does an Embryo Become a Person?
73
Do We Have Souls?
74
What Is Conscience?
77
Does Human Life Have a Purpose?
78
Do Humans Matter More Than Animals?
80
Religion
83
Can We See Truth?
84
Which Stories in the Bible Are True?
85
How Does the Death of Jesus Save the World?
88
Conclusion
96
The Brain and Mind
117
Evolution
138
Notes
155
Glossary
169
Selected Bibliography
177
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is internationally known as both a physicist and a priest. He served as president of Queens' College, University of Cambridge, prior to his retirement. He is founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion, a member of England's Royal Society, and the bestselling author of more than thirty books. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002.

Nicholas Beale is a social philosopher and longtime collaborator with Dr Polkinghorne.

Bibliographic information