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Science and Providence: God’s Interaction with the World

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Templeton Foundation Press 2005

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Overview

Internationally renowned priest-scientist John C. Polkinghorne examines whether a personal, interacting God is a credible concept in today’s scientific age. Encouraging the belief that there is a compatibility between the insights of science and the insights of religion, this volume focuses on the viewpoint that the world is one in which both human beings and God have the freedom to act.

A modern understanding of the physical world is applied to questions of prayer and providence, such as: Do miracles happen? Can prayer change anything? Why does evil exist? Why does God allow suffering? Why does God need us to ask him?

God’s involvement in time is considered, from both a temporal and an eternal perspective. The roles of incarnation and sacrament are discussed in terms of whether or not they have a credible place in today’s worldview. And the Final Anthropic Principle (FAP) is presented, with its attempt at a physical eschatology, showing it to be an inadequate basis for hope. Real hope can reside only with God, Polkinghorne concludes.

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Key Features

  • Speaks of God and creation in the light of contemporary understanding
  • Discusses God’s involvement in time
  • Encourages readers to be “sincere lovers of and earnest inquirers after truth”

Contents

  • The Problem
  • Embodiment and Action
  • Providence
  • Miracle
  • Evil
  • Prayer
  • Time
  • Incarnation and Sacrament
  • Hope

Product Details

  • Title: Science and Providence: God’s Interaction with the World
  • Author: John Polkinghorne
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 140

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.