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Serious Talk : Science and Religion in Dialogue -  Polkinghorne

Serious Talk

Science and Religion in Dialogue

Paperback

Published: 1st April 1995
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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 to set forth the relationship between science and religion in a way that takes the two disciplines seriously.
Professor Polkinghorne argues that the habits of thought that are natural to the scientist are the same habits of thought that can be followed 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 asking what is sufficient to explain the phenomena and give an understanding of what is going on.
Serious Talk begins with the search for an acceptable meeting point for science and religion. Following this are examinations of specific theological issues approached in the spirit of such a meeting point: 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.

"This book is Polkinghorne at his best -- knowledgeable as a distinguished quantum physicist, believing as an Anglican priest, delightfully curious and insightful as a "would-be theologian" (his words), earnestly trying all the while to demonstrate the possibility of a fruitful consonance between science and theology in the quest for understanding." ----, "Theological Studies " "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 incoved in the apologetic enterprise to motivate a belief based upon rational inquiry."--Sanford Lakoff "Anglican Theological Review " "This book is Polkinghorne at his best knowledgeable as a distinguished quantum physicist, believing as an Anglican priest, delightfully curious and insightful as a "would-be theologian" (his words), earnestly trying all the while to demonstrate the possibility of a fruitful consonance between science and theology in the quest for understanding." Charles L. Currie, S.J.--Sanford Lakoff "Theological Studies "

ISBN: 9781563381096
ISBN-10: 1563381095
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st April 1995
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1