Science and Theology: An IntroductionScience and Theology: An Introduction
John Polkinghorne

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(PUBFortress)In the burgeoning interaction between science and religion Polkinghorne is a leading light. A classy overview of all pertinent issues (e.g., creation, the nature of knowledge, human identity, and divine agency), this book features well-crafted summaries of the latest scientific thinking. 144 pages, softcover.
     

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Introduction1
1The Area of Interaction4
Some Historical Incidents4
The Nature of Science9
The Nature of Theology18
Varieties of Interaction20
Models, Metaphors and Symbols22
2The Scientific Picture of the World25
Quantum Theory25
Cosmology34
Chaos and Complexity Theory40
Time45
3Humanity49
Reductionism and Holism50
Consciousness56
The Self and the Soul62
The Fall63
4Theism66
The Nature of God66
Natural Theology69
A Theology of Nature76
Creation79
A Wilder Humane Reality81
Intimations of Hope82
5Divine Action84
Single Action85
Primary Causality86
Process Thought87
Analogies with Human Agency87
An Open Universe89
Divine Temporality90
Miracle92
Theodicy93
6Christian Theology96
Revelation98
Jesus Christ: Resurrection103
Christology107
The Trinity112
Eschatology114
Assimilation and Consonance117
7The World Faiths120
The Sacred120
Dissonance121
Responses123
Science as a Meeting Point125
8The Search for Knowledge and Wisdom128
The Two Disciplines128
Ethical Issues129
Bibliography134
Index142