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Reason and Reality: The Relationship between Science and Theology
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Reason and Reality: The Relationship between Science and Theology


SPCK 2011

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Written by perhaps the world’s foremost authority on the relationship between science and theology, Reason and Reality brings together essays in which John Polkinghorne pursues more deeply themes touched on in his earlier works.

The result is a deeply satisfying interpretation of the nature and scope of human knowledge, the extent and limits of science, and the proper place of theology as what Polkinghorne calls science’s “cousin under the skin.”

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Key Features

  • Examines the kinship between science and theology
  • Explores natural theology along with several different points of interaction between religion and science
  • Discusses how religion and science can in fact benefit each other
  • Compares models that both science and theology employ


  • Rational Inquiry
  • Rational Discourse
  • The Nature of Physical Reality
  • Reason and Revelation
  • The Use of Scripture
  • Cross-Traffic
  • Quantum Questions
  • The Fall

Praise for the Print Edition

Polkinghorne impresses with a rare combination of theological sensitivity and technical grasp of the scientific and metascientific issues involved.

Publisher’s Weekly

Perhaps the core achievement of the book is its demonstration of how both science and theology, despite postmodernist skepticism to the contrary, are fundamentally rational in character. Substantial and significant.

Christian Marketplace

Product Details

  • Title: Reason and Reality: The Relationship between Science and Theology
  • Author: John Polkinghorne
  • Series: SPCK Classics
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 119

About John Polkinghorne

John Polkinghorne is past president and now fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge. Former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge University, he is a priest and canon theologian of Liverpool Cathedral. He won the Templeton Prize for Science and Religion in 2002. His books have been translated into 18 languages so far.