One World: The Interaction of Science and Theology

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Templeton Foundation Press, Jun 30, 2010 - Religion - 152 pages
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Both science and religion explore aspects of reality, providing "a basis for their mutual interaction as they present their different perspectives onto the one world of existent reality," Polkinghorne argues. In One World he develops his thesis through an examination of the nature of science, the nature of the physical world, the character of theology, and the modes of thought in science and theology. He identifies "points of interaction" and points of potential conflict between science and religion. Along the way, he discusses creation, determinism, prayer, miracles, and future life, and he explains his rejection of scientific reductionism and his defense of natural theology.
 

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An excellent read, in which you need to read slowly, have patience with, but it is fascinating.

Contents

The PostEnlightenment World
3
The Nature of Science
9
The Nature of Theology
32
The Nature of the Physical World
52
Points of Interaction
74
Levels of Description
102
One World
115
Notes
117
Glossary
123
Index
129
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John C. Polknghorne is an Anglican priest, past president of Queens’ College, Cambridge University, and former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge. Polkinghorne resigned his chair in physics to study for the Anglican priesthood. After completing his theological studies and serving at parishes, he returned to Cambridge. In 1997, Dr. Polkinghorne was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for distinguished service to science, religion, learning, and medical ethics. He was the recipient of the 2002 Templeton Prize. He lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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