Science and Religion in Quest of Truth

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Yale University Press, 2011 - Religion - 160 pages
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John Polkinghorne, an international figure known both for his contributions to the field of theoretical elementary particle physics and for his work as a theologian, has over the years filled a bookshelf with writings devoted to specific topics in science and religion. In this new book, he undertakes for the first time a survey of all the major issues at the intersection of science and religion, concentrating on what he considers the essential insights for each. Clearly and without assuming prior knowledge, he addresses causality, cosmology, evolution, consciousness, natural theology, divine providence, revelation, and scripture. Each chapter also provides references to his other books in which more detailed treatments of specific issues can be found.

For those who are new to what Polkinghorne calls "one of the most significant interdisciplinary interactions of our time," this volume serves as an excellent introduction. For readers already familiar with John Polkinghorne's books, this latest is a welcome reminder of the breadth of his thought and the subtlety of his approach in the quest for truthful understanding.

 

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Polkinghorne (former president, Queens' Coll., Univ. of Cambridge; Belief in God in an Age of Science) is one of the most eminent writers to bridge the oft-warring disciplines of science and theology ... Read full review

Contents

Abbreviations for Selected Writings of John Polkinghorne
Introduction
CHAPTER ONETruth and Understanding
CHAPTER TWOSome Lessons from History
CHAPTER THREEInsights from Science
CHAPTER FOURTheology and Science in Interactive Context
CHAPTER FIVEMotivated Christian Belief
POSTSCRIPTOther Faiths
Index
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John Polkinghorne, K.B.E., F.R.S., is past president and now fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, and Canon Theologian of Liverpool, England.

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