Science and Theology: An Introduction

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Fortress Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 144 pages
In this short masterpiece, eminent scientist and theologian John Polkinghorne offers an accessible, yet authoritative, introduction to the stimulating field of science and theology. After surveying their volatile historical relationship, he leads the reader through the whole array of questions at the nexus of the scientific and religious quests. A lucid and lively writer, Polkinghorne provides a marvelously clear overview of the major elements of current science (including quantum theory, chaos theory, time, and cosmology). He then offers a concise outline of the character of religion and shows the joint potential of science of religion to illumine some of the thorniest issues in theology today: creation, the nature of knowledge, human and divine identity and agency. Polkinghorne aptly demonstrates that a sturdy faith has nothing to fear and much to gain from an intellectually honest appraisal of the new horizons of contemporary science.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Scientific Picture of the World
25
Theism
66
Christian Theology
96
Resurrection
103
Assimilation and Consonance
117
Responses
123
Bibliography
134
Index
142
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