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Serious Talk

John C Polkinghorne

Serious Talk

John C Polkinghorne

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128 Pages

- Publisher Western culture needs constant, varied, and skilled attention to loosen the knot that scientism hold upon its open-mindedness. Since religion is frequently accused by scientists of tying just such a knot of its own, all the more urgent that scientists with theological training, such as Polinghorne, be involved in the apologetic enterprise to motivate a belief based upon rational inquiry.

- Publisher Although now an Anglican priest and head of one of the prestigious colleges in Cambridge University, John Polkinghorne has spent most of his adult life working as a theoretical physicist. He is therefore uniquely qualified - and frequently called upon - to set forth the relationship between science and theology in a way that takes the two disciplines seriously. Polkinghorne argues that the habits of thought that are natural to the scientist are the same habits of thought that can be followed also in the search for a wider and deeper kind of truth about the world. He calls this bottom-up thinking, that is starting not with general principles but with the particularity of experience, and then asking what is sufficient to explain the phenomena and give an understanding of what is going on. Portions of this book were delivered as the Pascal Lectures at the University of Waterloo (1992) and as the William Belden Noble Lectures at Harvard University (1993). The first half of the book seeks to establish an acceptable meeting point for science and religion. The second half looks at some specific theological issues approached - creation, the role of chance, God's engagement with time, the anticipation of a destiny awaiting humanity beyond death, and the end of the universe. John Polkinghorne is President of Queens College in Cambridge University. He is the author of many books, including Reason and Reality, published by Trinity Press International.

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128 Pages
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Western culture needs constant, varied, and skilled attention to loosen the knot that scientism hold upon its open-mindedness. Since religion is frequently accused by scientists of tying just such a knot of its own, all the more urgent that scientists with theological training, such as Polinghorne, be involved in the apologetic enterprise to motivate a belief based upon rational inquiry.
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Although now an Anglican priest and head of one of the prestigious colleges in Cambridge University, John Polkinghorne has spent most of his adult life working as a theoretical physicist. He is therefore uniquely qualified - and frequently called upon - to set forth the relationship between science and theology in a way that takes the two disciplines seriously. Polkinghorne argues that the habits of thought that are natural to the scientist are the same habits of thought that can be followed also in the search for a wider and deeper kind of truth about the world. He calls this bottom-up thinking, that is starting not with general principles but with the particularity of experience, and then asking what is sufficient to explain the phenomena and give an understanding of what is going on. Portions of this book were delivered as the Pascal Lectures at the University of Waterloo (1992) and as the William Belden Noble Lectures at Harvard University (1993). The first half of the book seeks to establish an acceptable meeting point for science and religion. The second half looks at some specific theological issues approached - creation, the role of chance, God's engagement with time, the anticipation of a destiny awaiting humanity beyond death, and the end of the universe. John Polkinghorne is President of Queens College in Cambridge University. He is the author of many books, including Reason and Reality, published by Trinity Press International.
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John C Polkinghorne

Sir John C. Polkinghorne (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an Anglican minister, past president of Queens' College, Cambridge University, and former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge. Polkinghorne resigned his chair in physics to study for the Anglican priesthood. After completing his theological studies and serving at parishes, he returned to Cambridge. In 1997, Dr. Polkinghorne was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for distinguished service to science, religion, learning, and medical ethics. He was the recipient of the 2002 Templeton Prize for One Million $US

He lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom and is the author of over books, translated into 18 languages; 26 concern science and religion, often for a popular audience.

The Way the World is : The Christian Perspective of a Scientist (1984 - revised 1992); Science and Creation (SPCK/New Science Library, 1989; Templeton Foundation Press, 2006); Science and Providence (SPCK/New Science Library, 1989; Templeton Foundation Press, 2006); Reason and Reality: Relationship Between Science and Theology (SPCK/Trinity Press International 1991); Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion (SPCK 2005); From Physicist to Priest, an Autobiography (SPCK 2007)
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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  • Catalogue Code 97017
  • Product Code 1563381095
  • EAN 9781563381096
  • Pages 128
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Trinity Press International
  • Publication Date Apr 1995
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 9 mm
  • Weight 0.181kg

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