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"Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality" by John Polkinghorne

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"Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality" by John Polkinghorne

"Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality" by John Polkinghorne
Yale University Press | 2006 | ISBN: 030011530X 9780300115307 | 203 pages | PDF/epub | 2/1 MB

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. His book provides an important model for theologians and scientists alike, showing how their two fields can inform one another in significant ways.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Preface
chapter one: Four Approaches to the Dialogue between Science and Theology
chapter two: The Role of Scripture
chapter three: The Universe in a Trinitarian Perspective: A Theology of Nature
chapter four: Theological Thickness
chapter five: The Eucharist: Liturgy-assisted Logic
chapter six: Eschatological Exploration
chapter seven: Concluding Unscientific Postscript: In Defence of Particularity
Index
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