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Polkinghorne, J. C. 1930-

Works: 226 works in 891 publications in 16 languages and 37,556 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Speaker
Classifications: BL240.3, 261.55
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Belief in God in an age of science by J. C Polkinghorne( )

38 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 4,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author focuses on the collegiality between science and theology, contending that these "intellectual cousins" are both concerned with interpreted experience and with the quest for truth about reality. He argues eloquently that scientific and theological enquiries are parallel
Exploring reality : the intertwining of science and religion by J. C Polkinghorne( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 2,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reality is multi-layered, asserts John Polkinghorne, and in this insightful book he explores various dimensions of the human encounter with reality. Polkinghorne argues that reality consists of not only the scientific processes of the natural world but also the personal dimension of human nature and its significance. He offers an integrated view of reality, encompassing a range of insights deriving from physics' account of causal structure, evolutionary understanding of human nature, the unique significance of Jesus of Nazareth, and the human encounter with God. He devotes further chapters to specific problems and questions raised by the Christian account of divine reality. He discusses, for example, the nature of time and God's relation to it, the interrelationship of the world's faiths, the problem of evil, and practical ethical issues relating to genetic advances, including stem cell research. Continuing in his pursuit of a dialogue between science and theology that accords equal weight to the insights of each, Polkinghorne expands our understanding of the nature of reality and our appreciation of its complexity
Science and the Trinity : the Christian encounter with reality by J. C Polkinghorne( )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 2,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most often, the dialogue between religion and science is initiated by the discoveries of modern science - big bang cosmology, evolution, or quantum theory, for example. In this book, scientist-theologian John Polkinghorne changes the discussion. He approaches the dialogue from a little-explored perspective in which theology shapes the argument and sets the agenda of questions to be considered. The author begins with a review of approaches to science and religion in which the classification focuses on theological content rather than on methodological technique. He then proceeds with chapters discussing the role of Scripture, a theology of nature, the doctrine of God, sacramental theology, and eschatology. Throughout, Polkinghorne takes the perspective of Trinitarian thinking while arguing in a style that reflects the influence of his career as a theoretical physicist. In the final chapter, the author defends the appropriateness of addressing issues of science and religion from the specific standpoint of his Christian belief."--Jacket
Beyond science : the wider human context by J. C Polkinghorne( )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 2,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science is very successful in discovering the structure and history of the physical world. However, there is more to be told of the encounter with reality, including the nature of scientific inquiry itself, than can be gained from impersonal experience and experimental test alone. Beyond Science considers the human context in which science operates and pursues that wider understanding which we all seek. It looks to issues of meaning and value, intrinsic to scientific practice but excluded from science's consideration by its own self-denying ordinance. The author raises the question of the significance of the deep mathematical intelligibility of the physical world and its anthropically fruitful history. He considers how we may find responsible ways to use the power that science places in human hands. Science is portrayed as an activity of individuals, pursued within a convivial and truth-seeking community." "This book neither overvalues science (as if it were the only worthwhile source of knowledge) nor devalues it (as if it were to be treated with suspicion or not taken seriously). Rather, Beyond Science provides a considered and balanced account that firmly asserts science's place in human culture, maintained in mutually illuminating relationships with other aspects of that culture."--Jacket
Science and providence : God's interaction with the world by J. C Polkinghorne( )

33 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 1,948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction xx -- The problem xx -- Embodiment and action xx -- Providence xx -- Miracle xx -- Evil xx -- Prayer xx -- Time xx -- Incarnation and sacrament xx -- Hope
Faith, science, and understanding by J. C Polkinghorne( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this captivating book, one of the most highly regarded scientists-theologians of our time explores aspects of the interaction of science and theology. John Polkinghorne defends the place of theology in the university and discusses the role of revelation in religion." "The author examines two related concepts in depth. The first is the divine self-limitation involved in creation that leads to an important reappraisal of the traditional claim that God does not act as a cause among causes. The other is the nature of time and God's involvement with it, an issue that Polkinghorne shows can link metascience and theological understandings. In the final section of the book, the author reviews three centuries of the science and theology debate and assesses the work of major contemporary contributors to the discussion: Wolfhart Pannenberg, Thomas Torrance, and Paul Davies. He also considers why the science-theology discussion has for several centuries been a particular preoccupation of the English."--BOOK JACKET
The God of hope and the end of the world by J. C Polkinghorne( )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One world : the interaction of science and theology by J. C Polkinghorne( )

32 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John C. Polkinghorne's renowned trilogy on the compatibility of religion and science is back in print. One World (originally published in 1986) introduces issues in science and religion that Dr. Polkinghorne subsequently continued in Science and Providence and Science and Creation. The books have been widely acclaimed individually and as a series. In the new preface to One World, Dr. Polkinghorne assesses his original writing of this book, pointing to themes that have remained important to his thinking and topics that have been expanded and modified through recent scientific discoveries. In f
Quantum physics and theology : an unexpected kinship by J. C Polkinghorne( )

17 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author identifies and explores key similarities in quantum physics and Christology. Among the many parallels he identifies are patterns of historical development in quantum physics and in Christology; wrestling with perplexities such as quantum interpretation and the problem of evil; and the drive for an overarching view in the Grand Unified Theories of physics and in Trinitarian theology. Both theology and science are propelled by a desire to understand the world through experienced reality, and Polkinghorne explains that their viewpoints are by no means mutually exclusive. --from publisher description
Science and creation : the search for understanding by J. C Polkinghorne( )

29 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and Polish and held by 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction -- Natural theology -- Insightful inquiry -- Order and disorder -- Creation and creator -- The nature of reality -- Theological science
Theology in the context of science by J. C Polkinghorne( )

15 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and Korean and held by 1,611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Just as gendered, cultural, and geographical perspectives have illuminated and advanced theological thought, the contributions of twentieth-century science have much to offer theology. In his latest book, physicist-theologian John Polkinghorne, renowned as one of the world's foremost thinkers on science and religion, offers a lucid argument for developing the intersection of the two fields as another form of contextual theology." "Countering recent assertions by "new atheists" that religious belief is irrational and even dangerous, Polkinghorne explores ways that theology can be open to and informed by science. He describes recent scientific discourse on such subjects as epistemology, objectivity, uncertainty, and rationality, and he considers the religious importance of the evolution in these areas of scientific thought. Then, evaluating such topics as relativity, space and time, and evolutionary theory, he uses a scientific style of inquiry as a foundation on which to build a model of Christian belief structure. Science and theology share in the great human quest for truth and understanding, says Polkinghorne, and he illustrates how their interaction can be fruitful for both."--BOOK JACKET
Science and religion in quest of truth by J. C Polkinghorne( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polkinghorne undertakes a survey of all the major issues at the intersection of science and religion, concentrating on what he considers the essential insights for each. Clearly and without assuming prior knowledge, he addresses causality, cosmology, evolution, consciousness, natural theology, divine providence, revelation, and scripture. --from publisher description
The quantum world by J. C Polkinghorne( Book )

50 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quantum theory : a very short introduction by J. C Polkinghorne( Book )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare
The particle play : an account of the ultimate constituents of matter by J. C Polkinghorne( Book )

20 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meaning in mathematics by J. C Polkinghorne( )

16 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is mathematics a highly sophisticated intellectual game in which the adepts display their skill by tackling invented problems, or are mathematicians engaged in acts of discovery as they explore an independent realm of mathematical reality? Why does this seemingly abstract discipline provide the key to unlocking the deep secrets of the physical universe? How one answers these questions will significantly influence metaphysical thinking about reality. This book is intended to fill a gap between popular 'wonders of mathematics' books and the technical writings of the philosophers of mathematics. The chapters are written by some of the world's finest mathematicians, mathematical physicists and philosophers of mathematics, each giving their perspective on this fascinating debate. Every chapter is followed by a short response from another member of the author team, reinforcing the main theme and raising further questions. Accessible to anyone interested in what mathematics really means, and useful for mathematicians and philosophers of science at all levels, Meaning in Mathematics offers deep new insights into a subject many people take for granted
The faith of a physicist : reflections of a bottom-up thinker : the Gifford lectures for 1993-4 by J. C Polkinghorne( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author organizes his inquiry around the Nicene Creed, an early statement that continues to summarize Christian beliefs. He then asks, "What is the evidence that makes you think this might be true?" The evidence includes the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, scientific theories, and human self-consciousness as revealed in literary, philosophical, and psychological works
Quarks, chaos & Christianity : questions to science and religion by J. C Polkinghorne( Book )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and Dutch and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschouwing over de relatie tussen geloof en wetenschap vanuit christelijk perspectief
Science and theology : an introduction by J. C Polkinghorne( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eminent scientist and theologian John Polkinghorne offers an accessible yet authoritative introduction to the stimulating field of science and religion. After surveying their volatile historical relationship, he leads the reader through the whole array of questions that arise at the intersection of the scientific and religious quests." "Polkinghorne provides a marvellously clear overview of the major elements of current science (including quantum theory, chaos theory, time and cosmology). He offers a concise outline of the character of religion, and shows their joint potential to illumine some of the thorniest issues in theology today: creation, the nature of knowledge, human and divine identity and agency. He brings the reader to complex ideas so gently and persuasively that at each turn one is inspired to follow the next step of the argument."--Jacket
The faith of a physicist : reflections of a bottom-up thinker by J. C Polkinghorne( )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is it possible to think like a scientist and yet have the faith of a Christian? Although many Westerners might say no, there are also many critically minded individuals who entertain what John Polkinghorne calls a ""wistful wariness"" toward religion--they feel unable to accept religion on rational grounds yet cannot dismiss it completely. Polkinghorne, both a particle physicist and Anglican priest, here explores just what rational grounds there could be for Christian beliefs, maintaining that the quest for motivated understanding is a concern shared by scientists and religious thinkers ali
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Faith, science, and understanding
Exploring reality : the intertwining of science and religionScience and the Trinity : the Christian encounter with realityBeyond science : the wider human contextScience and providence : God's interaction with the worldFaith, science, and understandingThe God of hope and the end of the worldOne world : the interaction of science and theologyQuantum physics and theology : an unexpected kinship
Alternative Names
John C. Polkinghorne

John Polkinghorne britisk fysikar

John Polkinghorne britisk fysiker

John Polkinghorne Brits natuurkundige

John Polkinghorne brittisk fysiker

John Polkinghorne englischer Physiker und Theologe

John Polkinghorne filosofo, teologo e fisico britannico

Polkinghorne J.C.

Polkinghorne, J.C. 1930-...

Polkinghorne, J. C. (John Charlton), 1930-

Polkinghorne John

Polkinghorne, John 1930-

Polkinghorne, John C.

Polkinghorne, John C. 1930-

Polkinghorne, John Charlton.

Polkinghorne, John Charlton 1930-

Полкинхорн Джон

דזשאן פאלקינגהארן ענגלישער פיזיקער און טעאלאג

بولكنجهورن، جون، 1930-

بولكنجهوم، جون، 1930-

بولكينهورن، جون، 1930-

جان پولکینگورن فیزیک‌دان بریتانیایی

جون بولكين هورن، 1930-

جون بولكينغهورن

هورن، جون بولكين، 1930-

존 폴킹혼

폴킹혼, 존 1930-


ポーキングホーン, J. C

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