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Science and Religion in Quest of Truth Hardcover – September 27, 2011

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"[A]n excellent introduction."—Choice (S.C. Pearson Choice)

"Polkinghorne is the unquestioned leader in the growing field of science and religion, and by a considerable margin, is its most intellectually credible thinker…Volumes like his from respected academic presses are increasingly important as the rhetoric of the New Atheists grows steadily louder and more confident with no associated increase in the intellectual sophistication of their arguments."—Karl Giberson, co-author of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age
(Karl Giberson 2011-04-25)

"I found this survey of science and theology to be readable, scholarly, well-organized, and insightful as always…this is a fine introductory survey that will be helpful to a wide variety of readers."—John Haught, author of Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life  (John Haught 2011-04-25) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Polkinghorne is a scientist and an Anglican priest, fellow and former president of Queens' College, Cambridge, and winner of the 2002 Templeton Prize among many other awards and honors. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300174786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300174786
  • ASIN: 0300174780
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Polkinghorne is always well worth reading (marking, studying, and inwardly digesting!) In this volume he offers accessible explanations and insights into current cosmological research and theories and takes up some key theological questions (e.g., divine/human synergism, intercessory prayer, eschatology, the relationship of Christianity and other world religions) in light of contemporary physics.
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By exposing the horizons of both science and religion, Polkinghorne opens the vocabulary of science to the concept of faith-as-commitment to an unknown, and he challenges religion to ground itself in the scientific quest. He is a true gu-ru: dispeller of darkness (gu) and bringer of light (ru).
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Polkinghorne surmounts much of the strident rhetoric from the much-ballyhooed "war" between science and faith, and puts the two uncompromisingly under the same kind of microscope, holding out not for a fragmented, but a unitary truth that encompasses all kinds of knowing. One may not at all points agree with him, but his exposition will leave the reader in no doubt about what he's driving at and why. In an area of discourse more noted for the exercise of spleen than of mind, it's very refreshing.
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A unique discussion from a man of science and a deep thinking Christian philosopher.

John Polkinghorne is an engaginging humble intellect.
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A concise reporting on where science and theology are at this time in history. He deftly blends the two disciplines into a Christianity one can follow without insulting ones intelligence.
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Science and Religion in Quest of Truth
This one will tax your brain cells but John Polkinghorne is worth it!
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