Faith, Science and Understanding

Faith, Science and Understanding

by John Polkinghorne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300091281

ISBN-13: 9780300091281

Pub. Date: 08/11/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

In 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…  See more details below

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In 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300091281
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxvi
IIssues
1.Theology in the University3
2.Motivations for Belief27
3.The Role of Revelation52
4.Design in Biology?66
5.Second Thoughts78
1Critical Realism78
2Quantum Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle85
3Panentheism89
4Dual Aspect Monism95
5Chaos Theory99
IIDivine Agency
6.God in Relation to Nature: Kenotic Creation and Divine Action105
7.Natural Science, Temporality and Divine Action130
IIISignificant Thinkers
8.Contemporaries155
1Wolfhart Pannenberg's Engagement with the Natural Sciences156
2Thomas Torrance's Engagement with the Natural Sciences173
3Paul Davies' Engagement with Theology186
9.Science and Theology in England195
Index207

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