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Questions of Truth : Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief :  Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief - John Polkinghorne

Questions of Truth : Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief

Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief

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For many years people from across the world have sent the scientist-turned-theologian John Polkinghorne questions about science and belief. In Q&A format, Polkinghorne and Beale offer captivating responses. Readers can follow their own paths through the book, selecting questions that interest them and looking at the additional material if they choose. The result is a unique book that explores the rich harmonies between science and belief.

This book grew out of questions generated at a Web site that management consultant Beale organized to communicate the ideas of Polkinghorne ("Faith, Science, and Understanding"), a physicist and Anglican priest, who maintains that science and religion are complementary modes of thought. It organizes selected questions under seven topics. Each questionis followed by the responses of Beale and Polkinghorne, sometimes as a single answer and sometimes by the authors individually. Its three appendixes (Anthropic Fine-Tuning, Brain and Consciousness and Evolution) are substantial, constituting a third of the book, although they repeat

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Leading Questionsp. 5
Science and Religionp. 5
Human Naturep. 9
The Existence of Godp. 11
Creation and Evolutionp. 14
Evil and Sufferingp. 16
Divine Actionp. 17
Jesus Christp. 19
Final Destinyp. 22
Atheismp. 24
The Concept and Existence of Godp. 26
Can God's Existence Be Proved?p. 26
Is God a Delusion?p. 27
How Can God Inhabit Eternity?p. 31
Does God Know Everything?p. 32
Is Everything Divinely Predestined?p. 34
Is God the Source of All Morality?p. 34
What about the Trinity?p. 35
The Universep. 39
How Did the Universe Begin?p. 39
How Can Something Come from Nothing?p. 40
Isn't Everything Random?p. 41
What is the Anthropic Principle?p. 43
Have Anthropic Arguments Been Refuted?p. 45
Why Is the Universe So Big?p. 50
Will Everything, Eventually, Be Explained by Science?p. 50
Is a Unified Theory of Everything Possible?p. 51
Evolutionp. 54
Is Evolution Fact or Theory?p. 54
What about Intelligent Design?p. 56
Can the Mind Be Explained by Evolution?p. 58
Isn't Evolution Unethical?p. 60
Why Is Evolution so Wasteful?p. 61
Evilp. 63
Where Does Evil Come From?p. 63
Who or What Is "the Devil"?p. 65
Why Is There Cancer?p. 66
Is Original Sin a Result of Nature or Nurture?p. 67
Why Do People Choose Evil?p. 68
Does Religion Inspire Evil Acts?p. 69
Human Beingp. 71
Who Were Adam and Eve?p. 71
What Does It Mean to Be Created "in the Image of God"?p. 72
When Does an Embryo Become a Person?p. 73
Do We Have Souls?p. 74
What Is Conscience?p. 77
Does Human Life Have a Purpose?p. 78
Do Humans Matter More Than Animals?p. 80
Religionp. 83
Is Atheism a Form of Faith?p. 83
Can We See Truth?p. 84
Which Stories in the Bible Are True?p. 85
How Does the Death of Jesus Save the World?p. 88
Why Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?p. 88
How Much Do You Need to Believe to Be a Christian?p. 89
What Place Do Non-Christians Have in God's Universe?p. 90
Will Sinners Suffer Eternal Punishment?p. 92
What Is the Point of Praying?p. 94
Conclusionp. 96
Anthropic Fine-Tuningp. 99
The Brain and Mindp. 117
Evolutionp. 138
Notesp. 155
Glossaryp. 169
Selected Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780664233518
ISBN-10: 0664233511
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: December 2008
Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.25