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Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief Paperback – January 19, 2009
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Standing on the rational bedrock of faith as the 'evidence of things not seen,' Polkinghorne and Beale provide richly nuanced responses to the questions that many seekers are asking. This is simply a fantastic resource.' --Francis Collins, author of The Language of God and former Director of the Human Genome Project
'Wonderfully accessible, informative and authoritative…An ideal starting point for those new to the field, a great stimulus to discussion for those who are already initiated.' --Alister E McGrath, Professor of Theology, King s College, London
About the Author
Nicholas Beale is a strategist and social philosopher and a longtime collaborator of John Polkinghorne. He is author of Constructive Engagementand coauthor, with Colin Howson, of Sense and Nonsense about God and Science.
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This book, while quite short, covers a great deal of ground and effectively signposts the reader to other books by Polkinghorne that deal with specific subjects in greater depth. (page 81) "Every so often in the history of the universe something intrinsically new emerges from within the deep potentiality with which creation has been endowed. This happened with the coming-to-be of life and again with the dawning of animal consciousness. I believe it also happened in the genus Homo with the emergence of human self-consciousness." (page 68) "At some point in hominid evolution, self-consciousness - a deep self-awareness and the power to project our thought far into the future - dawned on our ancestors. At the same time, I believe that a new form of God-consciousness also dawned for them. The fall was the process by which they turned away from God into the self, an error of which we are all the heirs." I am an avid fan of Polkinghorne; he understands the flaws in the quasi-scientific arguments often advanced against faith, but even when he is dealing with crass abuse of logic or science he always tempers his great wisdom with humility and congeniality.
This book is a great q@a of many "typical" questions such as:
1. Leading Questions 5
1. Science and Religion 5
2. Human Nature 9
3. The Existence of God 11
4. Creation and Evolution 15
5. Evil and Suffering 16
6. Divine Action 17
7. Jesus Christ 20
8. Final Destiny 22
9. Atheism 25
2. The Concept and Existence of God 27
10. Can God's Existence Be Proved? 27
11. Is God a Delusion? 28
12. How Can God Inhabit Eternity? 32
13. Does God Know Everything? 33
14. Is Everything Divinely Predestined? 35
15. Is God the Source of All Morality? 36
16. What about the Trinity?
Will atheists be converted? Will Creationists give up the 'false God' of creationism? Probably not, but this is refreshing nuanced DISCUSSION which is so absent from the media. Personally, it (and Polkinhorne's other works) have helped me understand how science and religion are not only not in conflict, but in many ways, in harmony and when both studied correctly enhance our understanding of the universe and human condition.
I think its a great 'jumping off point' for questions that probably people who believe in God, and might even raise enough 'doubt' in atheists that they could a least consider the possibility of God.
Regarding the content, I have found many of the ideas and opinions to be stimulating and insightful, and the prose lucid. It is clear that that the authors have subjected each chapter to multiple editing passes, the product being concise prose and clear metaphors. And in a book like this, I find that it is less important whether or not one agrees with the author(s), and more important that the ideas and rationale are clearly stated.
I admit that I was a bit disappointed by the discussion of Intelligent Design. The authors seem to have accepted and reiterated the caricature promoted by its critics. The other sections seem to reflect more time in original thought.
On the whole, for a scientist and Christian in the middle of my life journey, it is a pleasure for me to consider the careful opinions and conclusions of individuals who have tread so much of the ground I enjoy trekking.
If you are like me, it's often frustrating to read what pastors have to say about science because they may not know much about science. The potshots that atheists take at Christianity are often based at least in part on scientific-seeming comments. Wouldn't it be nice to read what a scientist has to say about science and Christianity?
Questions of Truth takes you to the doorway through which you can begin to learn about how science and Christianity stack up, side-by-side. John Polkinghorne is a former professor of physics who often writes about Christianity and science. Nicholas Beale is a management consultant who speaks eloquently in defense of Christianity. Both write from a faith-based perspective that will seem familiar to many Christians.
The book opens with about 100 pages of questions and brief answers. In a few cases, the answers are elaborated on in appendices concerning the extreme delicacy of the universe that allows for us to live, the mind and the brain, and evolution. All sections of the book generously refer to more detailed arguments in other sources through commentaries, footnotes, and a bibliography. In many cases, you won't find what you are really looking for until you get into those more detailed treatments.
This book, rather, mimics the Web site that Nicholas Beale maintains to publicize John Polkinghorne's views about Christianity. As such, it's brief and to the point: That the book's strength.
The authors separate respond to each question so you get at least two perspectives in each case. Here are a few of the key points that the book makes:
1. Science is about "how" things work and Christianity is about "why" they work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is organized simply: the questions are numbered and answered. Thus you do not have to read the book in any particular order. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia A. Norelli
Questions of Truth is an important contribution to the debate between science and religion. Written in a question and answer format, the book is the collaborative effort between... Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Fleeger
An odd book. I was challenged to read it by a friend who said it would 'advance my thinking'. With all due respect to the Rev. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Matthew Jenkins
The marriage of science and theology is an area that WILL continue. And we will be the beneficiaries of this questPublished 12 months ago by Virginia L. Bennett
Very few people know how to walk between religion and science. Many religious authorities don't really know how to answer some hard questions. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paulo C. Rios Jr.
I used to say that I am a Christian, but a firm believer of Science. John and Nicholas have allowed me to proclaim that I am both a Christian, AND believer of Science. Read morePublished 17 months ago by David T.
This is a great introductory book to Polkinghorne's great work of bringing theology and science together. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. Sample
One of my favorite books to teach from and answer questions of students . Well worth the money great resource for students of the BiblePublished on May 19, 2014 by bubba edwin
This book helped me to think about things,as a believer, that I had not considered before. I was hoping some topics would be further fleshed out but for the most part things stayed... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by kea