Science and Christian Belief: Theological Reflections of a Bottom-up Thinker
The first attempt to apply scientific habits of thought to the core of Christian belief, to examine in turn the central tenets of the creeds in light of a thoroughly modern world-view. The result is a fascinating and intellectually compelling new presentation of orthodox Christianity - but then, as Polkinghorne writes in his Introduction, 'a scientist would expect a fundamental theory to be tough, surprising, and exciting'.
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