Belief in God in an Age of Science, Paperback Book

Belief in God in an Age of Science Paperback

Part of the The Terry Lectures series

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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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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  • Category: Nature & existence of God
  • ISBN: 9780300099492


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I have had many debates with people in recent years about science and belief, and I have often wished for a book that could enlighten me about what science means to the faithful. I have read a lot of Dawkins and Hitchens, so the scientific and atheistic sides are well-represented, but I have not come across so much for the other side. Perhaps I've not looked hard enough.So what of Polkinghorne's book? I had high hopes for it. The chapter headings sounded very interesting and would help to further the debate, but unfortunately the text is so thick with academic language that I was unable to get much out of it at all. I will have to read it all again one day, more slowly and with a lot of other textbooks to hand to help me.However, there was one area that I don't think the author addresses, which I think is a key difference between science and theology. It has always been my understanding that when a scientist researches a topic they should be as disinterested as possible: they must not want their thesis to be true or false, only to patiently see what the results reveal. Theology, on the other hand, approaches any situation, any challenge to a belief with the hope and the wish that their belief remains untouched, or is strengthened by what they hand. There is not that same intellectual distance that one finds in science.

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