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Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible

by John Polkinghorne
Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible

by John Polkinghorne


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As a theoretical physicist and Anglican priest, John Polkinghorne is uniquely positioned to be one of the world's leading authorities on issues of science and faith. In this compelling work, Polkinghorne brings the analytical and rational perspective of a scientist to bear on the study of Scripture, providing a fresh, honest look at key themes of the Bible.

"John Polkinghorne is one of the most important Christian thinkers alive, respected for his contributions to science, theology, and their interface. In Testing Scripture he shows how a thoughtful believer can respect the insights and authority of Scripture without getting mired in the quicksand of biblical literalism. I highly recommend this accessible and informed survey."--Karl Giberson, author or coauthor of seven books, including Quantum Leap: How John Polkinghorne Found God in Science and Religion

"In the clear and candid prose his readers appreciate, John Polkinghorne takes bottom-up thinking from his scientific background and applies it as a priest to the Bible. The result is a level-headed and winsome argument for the high value of Scripture. Along the way, Polkinghorne addresses pressing issues facing Christian interpreters of the Bible today."--Thomas Jay Oord, professor of theology and philosophy, Northwest Nazarene University; editor of The Polkinghorne Reader

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441237408
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 128
File size: 765 KB

About the Author

John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is internationally known as both a physicist and a priest. He served as president of Queens' College, University of Cambridge, prior to his retirement. He is founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion, a member of England's Royal Society, and the bestselling author of more than thirty books. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002.

Table of Contents

1. Scripture
2. Development
3. Creation and Fall
4. Ambiguity
5. Israel's Bible
6. The Gospels
7. Cross and Resurrection
8. The Pauline writings
9. Other New Testament writings
10. Profundity
Further Reading

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