Living with Hope: A Scientist Looks at Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany  -     By: John Polkinghorne
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Living with Hope: A Scientist Looks at Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

Westminster John Knox Press / 2003 / Paperback

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Advent is a time for deepening encounter with reality, including the ultimate reality made manifest in human form at Christmas and Epiphany. This thought-provoking book illuminates biblical thinking with striking new insights from the author's twin disciplines of theology and science at the cutting edge of physics. Through daily readings for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Polkinghorne explores such themes as the end of the world, individual destiny, unseen realities, heaven, hell, and suffering; this is not a book that hides behind platitudes or easy solutions, yet the author offers profound insight into his deep reflections on the nature, meaning, and purpose of creation. Suitable for individual study, as a guide to prayer during Advent and beyond, or as the basis of small group discussion, this book offers a unique and inspiring pathway into the coming of Christ in history, in our lives, and in what we shall be.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 066422749X
ISBN-13: 9780664227494
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In these refreshingly unconventional meditations, scientist John Polkinghorne connects the perspectives of science and religion in honest and thoughtful reflections for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Giving new meaning to the penitence of Advent and the hope of the Christian faith, he considers God's ultimate purposes along with scientific knowledge of the fate of the universe. Complete with Scriptural references and prayers, Living With Hope encourages Christians to think about the beginning and end of the world and to come to discover what it means to truly affirm God's purpose in creation.

Author Bio

John Polkinghorneis one of the world's leading experts on Science and Religion. A world-class physics Professor at Cambridge who became a priest, Founding President of the ISSR and winner of the Templeton Prize, Polkinghorne's publications include Exploring Reality, Quantum Physics and Theology, Quarks, Chaos and Christianity, Science and the Trinity, Living with Hope, and Belief in God in an Age of Science.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful and Comforting Insights from a Faithful Christian in an Age of Science
    December 15, 2014
    Massachusetts Academic
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    John Polkinghorne is a wonderful writer and a wonderful Christian. As a retired theoretical physicist and an ordained priest in the Church of England, he has written extremely insightful meditations for the Advent season. He begins with a short introduction in which he explains the organization of the book--it follows the very traditional Advent themes of "The Four Last Things" (death, judgement, heaven, and hell). This Introduction is followed by 43 substantial meditations. I call them "substantial" because they are each about 2 pages in length and are logical, well-written, and laced with scientific insights--it encourages us to THINK about our Faith. As the sub-title says, this little book is a "look" at Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany from the perspective of a scientist. This is NOT just a book about science and religion, Polkinghorne has written many of those. Rather, it is intended to assist those who are already believers to meditate on what really matters at this time of the year.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
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    December 13, 2014
    homeschool mom
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    Meets Expectations: 1
    This book really has nothing to do with science. I was hoping for a scientific viewpoint of Christmas, the star, the magi, something to do with nature and creation pointing to Christ's birth. Unfortunately, It is full of evolution and Catholic doctrine instead. Very disappointing.
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