Exploring Reality


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The Intertwining of Science and Religion
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John Polkinghorne

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The latest communiqué from John Polkinghorne as he continues his survey of the frontier between science and religion
Reality is multi-layered, asserts the Reverend John Polkinghorne, and in this insightful book he explores various dimensions of the human encounter with reality. Through a well-reasoned and logical process, Polkinghorne argues that reality consists not only of the scientific processes of the natural world but also the personal dimension of human nature and its significance. He offers an integrated view of reality, encompassing a range of insights deriving from physics’ account of causal structure, evolutionary understanding of human nature, the unique significance of Jesus of Nazareth, and the human encounter with God.

The author devotes further chapters to specific problems and questions raised by the Christian account of divine reality. He discusses, for example, the nature of time and God’s relation to it, the interrelationship of the world’s faiths, the problem of evil, and practical ethical issues relating to genetic advances, including stem cell research. Continuing in his pursuit of a dialogue between science and theology that accords equal weight to the insights of each, Polkinghorne expands our understanding of the nature of reality and our appreciation of its complexity.

John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is fellow and retired president of Queens’ College, Cambridge. Winner of the 2002 Templeton Prize, he is both a quantum physicist and an Anglican priest.

"A coherent, accessible text that offers insight into the specific vision of reality John Polkinghorne espouses, a vision informed by theological and scientific insights."—Nathan J. Hallanger, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union


"Persuasively argu[ed]. . . . A book to stimulate the thinking of skeptics and believers alike."—Booklist

"Physicist-priest Polkinghorne . . . balanc[es] intellectual modesty with openness about his own Christian faith, [and his]  reflections will engage both thoughtful believers and inquirers into issues of faith and reason."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"Polkinghorne does a real service."—Barbara Smith-Moran, Anglican and Episcopal History

“A remarkably lucid discussion of some of the key convictions of the Christian faith in the light of current scientific thinking.”—Miroslav Volf, Yale Divinity School


Chosen as a Book of Distinction for 2006 by the Templeton Foundation.
ISBN: 9780300122671
Publication Date: April 4, 2007
208 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4

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