Faith, Science and Understanding

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Religion - 224 pages
divdivIn this captivating book, one of the most highly regarded scientist-theologians of our time explores aspects of the interaction of science and theology. John Polkinghorne defends the place of theology in the university (it is part of the human search for truth) and discusses the role of revelation in religion (it is a record of experience and not the communication of unchallengeable propositions). Throughout his thought-provoking conversation, Polkinghorne speaks with an honesty and openness that derives from his many years of experience in scientific research.

A central concern of Polkinghorne’s collection of writings is to reconcile what science can say about the processes of the universe with theology’s belief in a God active within creation. The author examines two related concepts in depth. The first is the divine self-limitation involved in creation that leads to an important reappraisal of the traditional claim that God does not act as a cause among causes. The other is the nature of time and God’s involvement with it, an issue that Polkinghorne shows can link metascience and theological understandings. In the final section of the book, the author reviews three centuries of the science and theology debate and assesses the work of major contemporary contributors to the discussion: Wolfhart Pannenberg, Thomas Torrance, and Paul Davies. He also considers why the science-theology discussion has for several centuries been a particular preoccupation of the English.

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A gentle discourse, very thoughtful and very English, on the relationship between physics and theology.Physicist Polkinghorne (Belief in God in an Age of Science, 1998, etc.) attempts here to lay the ... Read full review

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A practicing theologian with a distinguished career in physics, Polkinghorne is uniquely qualified to write on theology and science. He describes this collection as a "further thoughts" volume that ... Read full review

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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. He is the author of many books, including Belief in God in an Age of Science.

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