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Science and Providence: God's Interaction with the World Paperback – October 1, 2005
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About the Author
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.
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John C. Polkinghorne
This book is an intellectually-challenging and ultimately-satisfying discourse on how the Christian God might work in the world. As a scientist and theologian, Anglican Bishop John Polkinghorne seems to reflect in his writing and personal style, the integrity, reliability and loving concern that he proposes as features of the Christian God. Yet he is not at all soft-headed in his presentation of the problems posed by his subject matter. Chief among these problems may be that of human suffering. How can a loving God allow it? A companion issue seems to be that of human fortune. Why are some of us rich and healthy and others poor and sick? Furthermore, why on some occasions is miraculous recovery in the cards and on other occasions, abject catastrophe? Is God ultimately harsh and unjust, forgetful, capricious and prone to play favorites, or just too weak to deal with such complexities? In proposing an answer to these sorts of issues, Polkinghorne describes himself as a philosophical realist, convinced that what we know and what is the case are intimately connected.
What we know about our universe through scientific discovery, then, is that the universe contains ineluctable uncertainty at the very finest level of observation (quantum uncertainty). Furthermore, even on a macroscopic level, it acts as a complex and open system, containing degrees of freedom and unpredictability which cannot be eradicated.Read more ›
If you believe in the God of Judaism and Christianity, this short book is highly recommendable. If however your beliefs centre on the God of deism or the cosmic spirit or Universal Mind of eastern mystical philosophy, then the two previous books will be more in tune with your beliefs. This book is more an attempt at rationalizing already held beliefs rather than providing interpretation in terms of science. As before, the book concludes with a few pages of reference Notes, a Bibliography for further reading, and an Index.
Howard Jones is the author of The Thoughtful Guide to God
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The book sometimes sounds as if produced by an online random gibberish generator.
If the divine message is supposed to reach everyone, I cannot but wonder how come it is... Read more
I received my book in a timely fashion and am enjoying it. It is a great help to my study.Published on November 4, 2011 by reader
The author, a noted scientist, is a devout Christian and correspondingly accepts no other explanation of reality than the Christian one. Read morePublished on August 30, 2007 by Paul Vjecsner
Polkinghorne fans will love this book. It is challenging for the reader without a science background, but intelligible nonetheless. Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by Patricia L. Marks