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Belief in God in an Age of Science (John Polkinghorne) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 1998) 9780300072945
Belief in God in an Age of Science (John Polkinghorne) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 1998) 9780300072945
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Title: Belief in God in an Age of Science

Author: Polkinghorne, John

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 1998

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300072945

Volumes: 1; Pages: 150

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Winner of the 1999 Prize for Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and Center for Theology and Natural Sciences.John Polkinghorne is a major figure in today's debates over the compatibility of science and religion. Internationally known as both a theoretical physicist and a theologian--the only ordained member of the Royal Society--Polkinghorne brings unique qualifications to his inquiry into the possibilities of believing in God in an age of science. In this thought-provoking book, the author focuses on the collegiality between science and theology, contending that these "intellectual cousins" are both concerned with interpreted experience and with the quest for truth about reality. He argues eloquently that scientific and theological inquiries are parallel.The book begins with a discussion of what belief in God can mean in our times. Polkinghorne explores a new natural theology and emphasizes the importance of moral and aesthetic experience and the human intuition of value and hope. In other chapters, he compares science's struggle to understand the nature of light with Christian theology's struggle to understand the nature of Christ. He addresses the question, Does God act in the physical world? And he extends his ideas about the role of chaos theory, surveys the prospects for future dialogue between scientific and theological thinkers, and defends a critical realist understanding of the activities of both disciplines. Polkinghorne concludes with a consideration of the nature of mathematical truths and the links between the complementary realities of physical and mental experience.John Polkinghorne, F. R. S., K. B. E., is past president and now fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, and Canon Theologian of Liverpool, England. He is also the author of The Faith of a Physicist: Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker.Reviews"In this lucid and honest work, John Polkinghorne states clearly where and why he agrees or disagrees with other contemporary writers. He presents a serious defense of a world view that must be considered seriously even by atheists."--Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics"An erudite and accessible examination of several key questions in science and theology. ... Polkinghorne has a clear, focused style, and offers much to the reader seeking a synthesis of science with the tenets of established religion."--Jerome Groopman, Boston Globe"Polkinghorne wields technical, scientific, and theological terms with alacrity and eloquence without losing sight of the larger lay audience he clearly hopes to reach."--Edward Davis, American Scientist"This book ... presents many interesting arguments on the topics of theology and science. ... The book presents an interesting and thought provoking discussion of the relationship between religion and science."--Virginia Quarterly Review
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