Belief in God in an Age of Science

Belief in God in an Age of Science

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John Polkinghorne brings unique qualifications to his exploration of the possibilities of believing in God in an age of science: he is internationally known as a theoretical physicist and as a theologian. In this thought-provoking book, Polkinghorne focuses on the collegiality between science and theology, contending that the inquiries of these "intellectual cousins" are parallel.
"Polkinghorne [presents] a polished and logically coherent argument."-Freeman J. Dyson, New York Review of Books
"Short, accessible, and authoritative."-Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This book should be widely read."-Colin Tudge, New Statesman and Society
"If you read one book on science and religion, this should be it."-Kirkus Reviews
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 11.43mm | 172g
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0300099495
  • 9780300099492
  • 251,231

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"Polkinghorne articulates a faith strengthened, not threatened, by the latest scientific research. Whether puzzling over the curious fit between the laws of physics and the requirements for life or tracing the similarities between the methods of the scientist and those of the theologian, Polkinghorne reasons with rare sophistication. . . . This book . . . holds rare promise for healing the secular-religious fissures in our fractured culture."-Bryce Christensen, Booklist

"[This book is] short, accessible and authoritative. . . . It's richly stimulating stuff."-Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Polkinghorne is sound and scholarly."-The Globe and Mail

"Polkinghorne is clear that, by projecting on science his belief in God, he is following just one possible path in the human quest for meaning. This gives his book a feeling of mutual exploration that drew me in as a reader."-David K. Nartonis, Christian Science Monitor

"This book will certainly be of interest to theologians and scientists."-Publisher's Weekly

"A new dialog between religion and science has begun, . . . and in that conversation Polkinghorne holds a special place."-Library Journal

"A few major authors have helped convince readers that science and religion might have more in common than meets the eye, John Polkinghorne perhaps foremost among them."-Publishers Weekly

"Polkinghorne's argument for the proposition that God is real is cogent and his evidence is elegant."-Simon Ings, New Scientist

"With Polkinghorne, the task is in excellent hands, and this book should be widely read."-Colin Tudge, New Statesman and Society

"There are few essential authors. Polkinghorne is one of them."-Church Times

Selected by American Library Association's Booklist as one of the Top Ten Books in Religion in 1998

Winner of the 1999 Prize for Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences given by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 1998

Shortlisted for a 2000 TORGI (Talking Book of the Year) Award, sponsored by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Winner of a 1999 Christianity Today Book Award

"In this lucid and honest work, John Polkinghorne states clearly where and why he agrees or disagrees with other contemporary writers. He presents a serious defense of a world view that must be considered seriously even by atheists."-Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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About John Polkinghorne

John Polkinghorne, K.B.E., F.R.S., is past President and now Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, and Canon Theologian of Liverpool, England. He is the winner of the 2002 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities. Among his many other books are Faith, Science, and Understanding and The God of Hope and the End of the World, both published by Yale University Press.
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