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One World: The Interaction of Science and Theology [Paperback]

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Pages   131
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Templeton Foundation Press
Age  15
ISBN  1599471116  
EAN  9781599471112  

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'One World' is a short and readable study of the connection between science and theology, focusing on Polkinghorne's theory that science and religion are two aspects of the same world.

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John C. Polkinghorne's renowned trilogy on the compatibility of religion and science is back in print. One World (originally published in 1986) introduces issues in science and religion that Dr. Polkinghorne subsequently continued in Science and Providence and Science and Creation. The books have been widely acclaimed individually and as a series. In the new preface to One World, Dr. Polkinghorne assesses his original writing of this book, pointing to themes that have remained important to his thinking and topics that have been expanded and modified through recent scientific discoveries. In fact, he contends, in today's postmodern culture "the issue of what we can know and how we can gain knowledge is one of even greater criticality than it was in 1986." Both science and religion explore aspects of reality, providing "a basis for their mutual interaction as they present their different perspectives onto the one world of existent reality," Polkinghorne argues. In One World he develops his thesis through an examination of the nature of science, the nature of the physical world, the character of theology, and the modes of thought in science and theology. He identifies "points of interaction" and points of potential conflict between science and religion. Along the way, he discusses creation, determinism, prayer, miracles, and future life, and he explains his rejection of scientific reductionism and his defense of natural theology. Science does not have an absolute superiority over other forms of knowledge, nor does religion have all the answers. Both are searching for "the truth." Both explore the universe as it is and submit to the evidence before them. And both must be open to continualcorrection. We live in one world. Polkinghorne's insights continue to illuminate it as a world in which science and religion can stimulate and benefit each other.

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John C. Polkinghorne is an Anglican priest, a fellow of the Royal Academy past president of Queens College, Cambridge University, and former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge. Polkinghorne resigned his chair in physics to study for the Anglican priesthood. After completing his theological studies and serving at parishes, he returned to Cambridge. In 1997, Dr. Polkinghorne was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for distinguished service to science, religion, learning, and medical ethics. He was the recipient of the 2002 Templeton Prize. He lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.


John C. Polkinghorne was born in 1930.

John C. Polkinghorne has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Theology and the Sciences

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Brief but Fascinating View of Science and Theology  Apr 8, 2008
John Polkinghorne in a sense stands between two worlds. On one hand, he was a noted scientist who specialized in mathematical physics. On the other he became a Anglican priest. In "One World", Polkinghorne gives readers a brief but very readable view of some of his opinions on science and theology. He shows what he feels are differences in mindsets and similarities as well. I don't agree with all of Polkinghorne's opinions (I am a Christian so it is specific points rather than his whole system that I disagree with), but I confess that he has the ability to make a person think outside the box. I recommend this book.
Scholarship meets humility  Oct 3, 2007
Had it up to here with pompous "Christian" dismissals of scientific endeavor? Ready to throw all Christians into that category?
Polkinghorn offers a refreshingly different and humble perspective as he explores ways in which the methodologies of science and of Christian theology are surprisingly consonant. He also suggests some intriguing possibilities for how these disciplines can inform each other.
A breath of fresh air in a room where so-called "scientific creationism" has made breathing difficult.
A serious-minded quest for truth, highly recommended.  Jun 9, 2007
Written by Anglican priest and former professor of mathematical physics John C. Polkinghorne, One World: The Interaction of Science and Theology is the first book in a trilogy written to examine reality through the dual perspectives of science and religion. Chapters offer a historical reassessment of the scientific method, a defense of natural theology as a discipline, the concept of sacrament as the point of connection between scientific and theological understanding, discussions of creationism, determinism, prayer, miracles, and future life, and much more. "Theology differs from science in many respects because of its very different subject matter, a personal God who cannot be put to the test in the way that the impersonal physical world can be subjected to experimental enquiry. Yet science and theology have this in common, that each can be, and should be, defended as being investigations of what is, the search for verisimilitude in our understanding of reality." A serious-minded quest for truth, highly recommended.

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