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The Faith of a Physicist (Theology & the Sciences Series) Paperback – February 1, 1996
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Considering metaphysic's classic poles of dualism versus monism, the author is inclined to reject each in preference to a "dual-aspect monism." In this he is not particularly controversial, nor in his interpretations of quantum theory in terms of its philosophical implications. Polkinghorne's biblical exegesis will be controversial on certain points (whose isn't?). Although he is sometimes accused of being a process theologian, it seems clear that he is not.Read more ›
The information is thought provoking, stimulating, informative, and timely. It offers a perspective of serious Christian thought not frequently found in the current lay press from a point of view of a noted scientist and priest. He shows how God might be, or have been at work and not be in violation of known scientific laws. It is, above all, a book of faith, not a book of "proven scientifically, beyond doubt." One omission of the work is its failure to address the possibility and Christian implication of life elsewhere in this (or any other) universe.
One may find objection to some of his absolutes, e.g., "I know that God is neither male or female..., etc." However nowhere does he say that science has proven the existence of God. The musings of Polkinghoren about unprovable theology is no more outlandish than the musings of cosmologists about unprovable multiple universes.
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Hard, slow read. Interesting.. Thought provoking. Informational. Have a dictionary at hand. I don't agree with everything, but it's thought provoking In his preface he says,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by awake_in_Seattle
This was a fascinating book for the first two chapters. After that my brain went on strike. Polkinghorne is a brilliant, insightful, and spiritual man. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by J. Burkett
This is a robust defense of the faith of Christianity that relies on theological and scientific argument and assertions from Anglican priest and physicist John Polkinghorne. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Craig Stephans
I really wanted to like this book, but it was such a difficult read that I actually gave up on it a little over halfway through. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Quantum Kev
My husband thought that this was a good choice for a book to read. He liked reading this book. Thanks.Published on March 27, 2013 by Stacey Hager
Sir John Polkinghorne is quite simply my favorite author. An accomplished particle physicist, he writes authoritatively about science; but with a second career as an Anglican... Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by rowley32256
I picked this up after hearing Polkinghorne on the Mars Hill Audio Journal. These are his Gifford Lectures and provide a summary of his approach to theology "from the bottom up,"... Read morePublished on December 5, 2008 by mtlimber
Polkinghorne is brilliant: he is way out in front as a scientist with his mastery at the leading edge of quantum mechanics. He is a very well read theologian. Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by Vincent J. De Leers
For a volume that contains less than 200 pages, this book is certainly rich with interesting ideas. Furthermore, the author has mulled them over until they came to intellectual... Read morePublished on November 9, 2000 by David Marshall