Faith, Science and Understanding

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Yale University Press, 2001 - 208 pagine
In this captivating book, one of the most highly regarded scientist-theologians of our time explores aspects of the interaction of science and theology. John Polkinghorne defends the place of theology in the university (it is part of the human search for truth) and discusses the role of revelation in religion (it is a record of experience and not the communication of unchallengeable propositions). Throughout his thought-provoking conversation, Polkinghorne speaks with an honesty and openness that derives from his many years of experience in scientific research.

A central concern of Polkinghorne's collection of writings is to reconcile what science can say about the processes of the universe with theology's belief in a God active within creation. The author examines two related concepts in depth. The first is the divine self-limitation involved in creation that leads to an important reappraisal of the traditional claim that God does not act as a cause among causes. The other is the nature of time and God's involvement with it, an issue that Polkinghorne shows can link metascience and theological understandings. In the final section of the book, the author reviews three centuries of the science and theology debate and assesses the work of major contemporary contributors to the discussion: Wolfhart Pannenberg, Thomas Torrance, and Paul Davies. He also considers why the science-theology discussion has for several centuries been a particular preoccupation of the English.
 

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FAITH, SCIENCE & UNDERSTANDING

Recensione dell'utente  - Kirkus

A gentle discourse, very thoughtful and very English, on the relationship between physics and theology.Physicist Polkinghorne (Belief in God in an Age of Science, 1998, etc.) attempts here to lay the ... Leggi recensione completa

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Recensione dell'utente  - stevenschroeder - LibraryThing

A practicing theologian with a distinguished career in physics, Polkinghorne is uniquely qualified to write on theology and science. He describes this collection as a "further thoughts" volume that ... Leggi recensione completa

Sommario

Theology in the University
3
Motivations for Belief
27
The Role of Revelation
52
Design in Biology?
66
Second Thoughts
78
God in Relation to Nature Kenotic Creation and Divine Action
105
Natural Science Temporality and Divine Action
130
Contemporaries
155
Science and Theology in England
195
Index
207
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