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Science and Theology : An Introduction - J Polkinghorne

Science and Theology

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st September 1998
ISBN: 9780800631536
Number Of Pages: 150

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In this short masterpiece, eminent scientist and theologian John Polkinghorne offers an accessible, yet authoritative, introduction to the stimulating field of science and theology. After surveying their volatile historical relationship, he leads the reader through the whole array of questions at the nexus of the scientific and religious quests. A lucid and lively writer, Polkinghorne provides a marvelously clear overview of the major elements of current science (including quantum theory, chaos theory, time, and cosmology). He then offers a concise outline of the character of religion and shows the joint potential of science of religion to illumine some of the thorniest issues in theology today: creation, the nature of knowledge, human and divine identity and agency. Polkinghorne aptly demonstrates that a sturdy faith has nothing to fear and much to gain from an intellectually honest appraisal of the new horizons of contemporary science.

Introductionp. 1
The Area of Interactionp. 4
Some Historical Incidentsp. 4
The Nature of Sciencep. 9
The Nature of Theologyp. 18
Varieties of Interactionp. 20
Models, Metaphors and Symbolsp. 22
The Scientific Picture of the Worldp. 25
Quantum Theoryp. 25
Cosmologyp. 34
Chaos and Complexity Theoryp. 40
Timep. 45
Humanityp. 49
Reductionism and Holismp. 50
Consciousnessp. 56
The Self and the Soulp. 62
The Fallp. 63
Theismp. 66
The Nature of Godp. 66
Natural Theologyp. 69
A Theology of Naturep. 76
Creationp. 79
A Wider Humane Realityp. 81
Intimations of Hopep. 82
Divine Actionp. 84
Single Actionp. 85
Primary Causalityp. 86
Process Thoughtp. 87
Analogies with Human Agencyp. 87
An Open Universep. 89
Divine Temporalityp. 90
Miraclep. 92
Theodicyp. 93
Christian Theologyp. 96
Revelationp. 98
Jesus Christ: Resurrectionp. 103
Christologyp. 107
The Trinityp. 112
Eschatologyp. 114
Assimilation and Consonancep. 117
The World Faithsp. 120
The Sacredp. 120
Dissonancep. 121
Responsesp. 123
Science as a Meeting Pointp. 125
The Search for Knowledge and Wisdomp. 128
The Two Disciplinesp. 128
Ethical Issuesp. 129
Bibliographyp. 134
Indexp. 142
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ISBN: 9780800631536
ISBN-10: 0800631536
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 1st September 1998
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26