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By John Polkinghorne F.R.S. K.B.E.

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An inquiry into the chances of believing in God in an age of technology. the writer makes a speciality of the collegiality among technological know-how and theology, contending that those "intellectual cousins" are either keen on interpreted event and with the hunt for fact approximately truth.

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Rather our ancestors were then able to recognise what had been there from the beginning. I am presenting here a form of the axiological argument for the existence of God, a twentieth-century version of the fourth way of St. "18 The acknowledgement of value is the recognition of worth and our value-laden world testifies to the presence of One who is truly worthy of worship. This is confirmed by our worshipping experience, mediated through public liturgy and private prayer. The fourth general aspect of contemporary belief in God which I have identified is that there is One who is the ground of hope.

Rather than reworking previous general methodological discussions, I have focused on two critical periods of exploration and discovery, one scientific, the other theological. The first is the investigation into the nature of light that eventually led to quantum theory; the second is the Christological controversies of the first five centuries that eventually led to the Chalcedonian definition. I believe that these particularities bring to light interesting analogies between the ways in which science and theology attain their beliefs.

3 It is a small, but significant, sign of the human longing for God that apparently this language helps to sell books. There is much more to the Mind of God than physics will ever disclose, but this usage is not misleading, for I believe that the rational beauty of the cosmos indeed reflects the Mind that holds it in being. The "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" in uncovering the structure of the physical world (to use Eugene Wigner's pregnant phrase) is a hint of the presence of the Creator, given to us creatures who are made in the divine image.

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