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(PUBCambridge University)"A valuable book which covers the theological implications of modern scientific subjects. Recommended,"---Theology. Polkinghorne, an Anglican priest and particle physicist, considers objectivity, the process of scientific research, the mind, the reality of God, and other vital issues. 131 pages, softcover.
|I have had a long career as a physical scientist and I want to attend with great seriousness to what science can tell us. I have had an even longer career as a human being and I want to integrate my scientific insight into the broader and richer setting of my personal life. This book is intended to look beyond science to the human context. It is concerned with individuality and community, meaning and value, and the springs of responsible action. In this endeavour I seek to tread a path between an exaggerated view of science's importance, as if it were the only source of reliable knowledge, and an impoverished view of science's importance, as if it were to be devalued lest it should rise above itself by turning into scientism, the proclamation that science is all.|
Much of the material of the book is drawn from the New College Lectures I gave in Sydney at the University of New South Wales, together with some additional matter derived from the Sproule Lectures that I gave in Montreal at McGill University. I have subtracted from the latter source some of the theological reflections that were appropriate to its setting in a Department of Religious Studies. The substance of the latter thoughts can be found elsewhere in some of my other writings specially concerned with the interaction between science and theology. Nevertheless, I have permitted myself from time to time to make some references in this present book to my religious beliefs and understandings where this has seemed directly relevant to its main themes. I am very grateful to the authorities at New College and at McGill for their kind invitations to give the lectures and for their generous hospitality on the occasions of my doing so.