Item description for Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief by John Polkinghorne & Nicholas Beale...
Overview For many years people from across the world have sent the scientist-turned-priest John Polkinghorne questions about science and belief. In question-and-answer format, Polkinghorne and his collaborator Nicholas Beale offer their informed opinions about some of the most asked questions. Readers can follow their own paths through the book, selecting questions that interest them and looking at the additional material if they choose. The unique book will help Christians clarify their beliefs and better face challenges to their faith.
How did the universe begin? Can God's existence be proven? Do humans matter more than animals? For many years people have sent the scientist-turned-priest John Polkinghorne these and other questions about science and belief. In question-and-answer format, Polkinghorne and his collaborator Nicholas Beale offer their highly informed opinions about some of the most frequently asked of these questions. Readers can follow their own paths through the book, selecting questions that interest them and looking at the additional material if they choose. This unique book will help Christians clarify their beliefs regarding difficult issues and better face challenges--from within and from others--to their faith.
Citations And Professional Reviews Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief by John Polkinghorne & Nicholas Beale has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 11/30/2010 page 26
Publishers Weekly - 11/10/2008 page 47
Christian Retailing - 01/05/2009 page 26
Library Journal - 01/15/2009 page 72
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Studio: Westminster John Knox
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Jan 19, 2009
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664233511 ISBN13 9780664233518
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More About John Polkinghorne & Nicholas Beale
John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is fellow and retired president, Queens' College, Cambridge University. He was founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion and in 2002 was awarded the Templeton Prize. The author of numerous books, he lives in Cambridge, UK.
John Polkinghorne has an academic affiliation as follows - Queens' College, Cambridge University University of Cambridge Universi.
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Lucid and Insightful, Nice Compilation Mar 14, 2009
I was also at the AAAS launch of this book, and purchased my own (autographed) copy. It was also a pleasure to meet and speak in person with the authors in the exposition booth. When I asked a question during the formal launch session, Dr. Polkinghorne gave an insightful answer. What a great way to launch a book. Kudos! 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.
The Book Richard Dawkins Doesn't Want You To Read.... Mar 9, 2009
and refuses to read. Too often, the media tries to create a polarized conflict between of religion and science. Thus, scientists like Polkinhorne are 'inconvenient truths' - a man with solid scientific credentials, yet devoutly religious (Polkinghorne is an ordained Anglican minister and in no way a "Bishop Spong"). The other author, I was not as familiar with, but runs the 'star course' website- a site devoted to learning about the relation between science and religon.
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.