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Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion
     

Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion

by John Polkinghorne
 

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ISBN-10: 0300122675

ISBN-13: 9780300122671

Pub. Date: 04/04/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

Reality is multi-layered, asserts the Reverend John Polkinghorne, and in this insightful book he explores various dimensions of the human encounter with reality. Through a well-reasoned and logical process, Polkinghorne argues that reality consists not only of the scientific processes of the natural world but also the personal dimension of human nature and its

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Reality is multi-layered, asserts the Reverend John Polkinghorne, and in this insightful book he explores various dimensions of the human encounter with reality. Through a well-reasoned and logical process, Polkinghorne argues that reality consists not only of the scientific processes of the natural world but also the personal dimension of human nature and its significance. He offers an integrated view of reality, encompassing a range of insights deriving from physics’ account of causal structure, evolutionary understanding of human nature, the unique significance of Jesus of Nazareth, and the human encounter with God.

The author devotes further chapters to specific problems and questions raised by the Christian account of divine reality. He discusses, for example, the nature of time and God’s relation to it, the interrelationship of the world’s faiths, the problem of evil, and practical ethical issues relating to genetic advances, including stem cell research. Continuing in his pursuit of a dialogue between science and theology that accords equal weight to the insights of each, Polkinghorne expands our understanding of the nature of reality and our appreciation of its complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300122671
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/04/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
Acknowledgements....................xvii
CHAPTER ONE: Reality?....................1
CHAPTER TWO: The Causal Nexus of the World....................7
CHAPTER THREE: Human Nature: The Evolutionary Context....................38
CHAPTER FOUR: The Historical Jesus....................60
CHAPTER FIVE: Divine Reality: The Trinity....................90
CHAPTER SIX: The Nature of Time: Unfolding Story....................113
CHAPTER SEVEN: The Spirit and the Faiths....................127
CHAPTER EIGHT: Evil....................136
CHAPTER NINE: Ethical Exploration: Genetics....................147
CHAPTER TEN: Imaginative Postscript: Some Naïve Speculations....................169
Index....................179

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