If so, then exposing this tendency may help open more paths of dialog. [24]” There is a shared circularity of reason accompanied by the paradox of direct encounter that will never lead to anything more than a partial understanding of an ineffable truth. If you are interested in the different ways in which religion and science search for and perceive truth; then this is for you. Ultimately, science and religion are fundamentally similar in kind but differ only in their “degree of power of empirical interrogation which these various investigations enjoy. "—John Haught, author of Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life. © 2020 J.R. Miller | Contact Dr. Miller | About More Than Cake. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Each chapter also provides references to his other books in which more detailed treatments of specific issues can be found. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Pearcy and Thaxton’s research observe that pre-modern scientists used a Topdown approach in their conception of natural order. For readers already familiar with John Polkinghorne’s books, this latest is a welcome reminder of the breadth of his thought and the subtlety of his approach in the quest for truthful understanding. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2013. You don't need to know Schroedinger's equation, but it might help to know the back-ground to elements of quantum physics such as superposition and entanglement. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2014. Enter your email below to receive a weekly email digest with all the latest content, news, and events. Sir John Polkinghorne is both a world-class physicist … The scientist must rise above reductionist philosophy and the Christian must avoid fideism.[3]. Not everything that can be done should be done. [14]”, The ethical snare for the scientist is to get so caught up in the excitement of research that there is never time to ask where it is going and to what end. The works of Ian Barbour and Anthony Peacocke have advanced a framework for meaningful cross-discipline dialogue in the fields of philosophy, creation and natural theology. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA. He grew up in a devout Christian family but was always drawn to science, and in graduate school he became a particle physicist because, he explains modestly, he was also “quite good at mathematics.” His scientific pedigree is none too shabby. His books on science and religion include The Faith of a Physicist (1996), Belief in God in an Age of Science (1999) and, From Physicist to Priest: An Autobiography (2008/. [8] This tendency within science may be one reason modern scientists disclaim the role of Christian theology in many of its fundamental presuppositions. For those who are new to what Polkinghorne calls “one of the most significant interdisciplinary interactions of our time,” this volume serves as an excellent introduction. Prof Polkinghorn brings together in a concise form discussions and argumennts from his previous books almost as a summary of his life's teaching on this topic.He discusses both separately and jointly the methodologies of science and theology.In an age where many see these in conflict he shows that they have a profound level of mutual support, with each throwing light on the other. [2]” In point of fact, science and theology have more in common than popular sentiment will allow. His mathematical abilities were very apparent at his younger age, which would enable him to go on to collect an assortment of degrees over the years he studied, which would help him maximize his potential over his career. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Clearly and without assuming prior knowledge, he addresses causality, cosmology, evolution, consciousness, natural theology, divine providence, revelation, and scripture.