By John Polkinghorne F.R.S. K.B.E.
During this appealing e-book, probably the most highly-regarded scientist- theologians of our time bargains a thought-provoking exploration of the interplay among technology and theology. John Polkinghorne defends where of theology within the college, discusses the function of revelation in faith, and focuses heavily on reconciling what technology can say concerning the approaches of the universe with theology's trust in a God energetic inside production.
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2. , vii–viii. 34 M O T I VA T I O N S F O R B E L I E F ﬁed by science’s power to gain verisimilitudinous knowledge, is to be defended on the historical grounds that this is how it has actually proved to be. 3 An important point is being made here. A great deal of philosophical discussion is attempting the abstraction, and so the corresponding certainty, associated with the attainment of a universal view from nowhere. It tries to reach conclusions that do not appeal to the speciﬁcity of our circumstances.
However, there has been one important gain in understanding. It arises from a widespread acknowledgement that insight is best sought by looking at how it is that science is actually done. Attention is to be focussed ﬁrst on the activities of scientists, rather than on speculations concerning general epistemological principles. The history of science, including most importantly the contemporary history of science, is an indispensable guide to the philosophy of science. In other words, a spot of bottom-up thinking has become fashionable in this area also.
The whole evolutionary process itself can be understood theologically as the Creator’s gift to creation of a due independence, so that it is allowed to explore and realise in its own way the fertility with which it has been endowed. This idea—that an evolutionary universe is a creation ‘allowed to make itself ’—was part of the immediate Christian reaction to the publication of The Origin of Species, being expressed by such clergymen as Charles Kingsley and Frederick Temple. The notion that the Church was unanimous in an obscurantist rejection of Darwin in 1859 is as ignorant and incorrect as is also the belief that the scientiﬁc community was unanimous in welcoming him.
Faith, Science and Understanding by John Polkinghorne F.R.S. K.B.E.