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The Way the World Is: The Christian Perspective of a Scientist [Paperback]

By John Polkinghorne (Author)
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Distinguished physicist-turned-theologian John Polkinghorne offers his personal apologia for the Christian faith. This brief and highly accessible book for general readers presents a reasoned account of the Christian view of the world as seen by one of the world's leading interpreters of the interface between science and religion. Drawn from his experiences as a scientist and a theologian, Polkinghorne argues that Christianity presents a credible and compelling worldview that can be taken seriously even while fully recognizing the importance of science. Polkinghorne begins by exploring three views of the world. He summarizes the scientific view, which highlights the perception by scientists of the world as intelligible and characterized by the interplay of chance and necessity and reflecting a delicate and intricate balance in its structure that makes life possible. Then he comments on the personal view of the world, in which experiences of wonder, beauty, and moral obligation demand some explanation. Polkinghorne takes seriously the religious view of the world, particularly the human experience of an Other and transcendent Power with whom we have to deal. He carefully demonstrates how New Testament scholarship is similar to observational science in that it, like science, can be understood only by interpreting available evidence in ways that are sensible and consistent. In addition, he moves beyond a merely theistic worldview to examine the portrayal of Jesus' deeds and words in the New Testament, paying special attention to his death and resurrection. This work, which convincingly explores how science and religion both address aspects of the same reality, includes a glossary of key ideas and persons in the worlds of science and theology, making it an ideal introduction to the Christian faith for thoughtful persons.

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In this brief and highly accessible book for general readers, distinguished physicist-turned-theologian John Polkinghorne presents a reasoned account of the Christian view of the world as seen by the one of the world's leading interpreters of the interface between science and religion. Drawing from his experiences as a scientist and a theologian, Polkinghorne argues that Christianity presents a credible and compelling worldview that can be taken seriously even while fully understanding the importance of science.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   130
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0664232140  
ISBN13  9780664232146  


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John Polkinghorne, F.R.S., K.B.E., is past president and now fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, as well as canon theologian of Liverpool. A quantum physicist who became an Anglican priest, he is one of only two clergypersons who are Fellows of the Royal Society. Among his many honors is the 2002 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities.



John Polkinghorne has an academic affiliation as follows - Queens' College, Cambridge University University of Cambridge Universi.

John Polkinghorne has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Theology for the 21st Century
  2. Yale Nota Bene


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Better than "Mere Christianity"?  Oct 18, 2008
I enjoyed this book a great deal, and was, quite frankly, surprised by my enjoyment! I expected another effort to reconcile science, reason, and religious faith, but this book is a great deal more than that. In addition to chapters discussing the scientific, personal, and religious views of the world, the author also engages in an extended apologetic discussion of Christianity spanning several chapters. These chapters delve into the New Testament evidence, Jesus, his death and resurrection, and the Christian view of the world. I was repeatedly tempted to compare his discussion of these issues with that of C.S. Lewis in his classic, "Mere Christianity," and when I gave into that temptation, I could not help concluding that Polkinghorne compared quite favorably to Lewis in terms of his ability to communicate the basics of Christianity in an understandable and persuasive way. That being said, this work might not be for everyone. I purchased this book second-hand, and the person who had annotated it before me had obviously experienced no small displeasure to learn that the author (now an Anglican priest) was at least open to the historical-critical perspective on the Bible. I think that the author was remarkably even-handed in his approach to contrasting world-views and scholarship concerning the Bible itself, but it is possible not all would agree. Another aspect of the book that might jar is the references to scientific theories, discoveries, and personalities; not all those mentioned are among those that would be known by the typical non-scientist, and the author does not always fully elaborate as to why a particular reference is relevant to the discussion at hand. But, in my humble opinion, these are slight flaws in an otherwise outstanding book that was highly successful in its stated task of giving "a reasoned account of the Christian view of the world." Highly recommended for anyone interested in the topic (even those who might have read "Mere Christianity" a time or two!).
 
science student/learner must-read  Sep 6, 2008
Good book for those who wish to understand how to reconcile what they know of science with what they know of God. Are the two exclusive? Polkinghorne, a product of 'Oxbridge', addresses this popularly assumed duality in his books.
 
Reprint of an 1983 Apologetic Work  Oct 22, 2007
This is an 1983 work (second edition in 1992) and reprinted again in 2007. Polkinghorne describes this as his explanation of his Christian faith as he would express it in an extended lunch with a friend or colleague. This book stems from the time when he was making the tranistion from physicist to priest. It is an apologetic or explanatory work describing how Polkinghorne as an accomplished particle physicist is also a Christian believer. Recommended as an apologetic rather than a more deeply theological work.
 

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