By John Polkinghorne

Despite the variations in their material, technological know-how and theology have a cousinly dating, John Polkinghorne contends in his most up-to-date thought-provoking ebook.  From his certain point of view as either theoretical physicist and Anglican priest, Polkinghorne considers features of quantum physics and theology and demonstrates that the 2 truth-seeking organizations are engaged in analogous rational innovations of inquiry. His exploration of the deep connections among technological know-how and Christology exhibits with new readability a standard kinship within the look for truth.
Among the various parallels he identifies are styles of old improvement in quantum physics and in Christology; wrestling with perplexities reminiscent of quantum interpretation and the matter of evil; and the force for an overarching view within the Grand Unified Theories of physics and in Trinitarian theology. either theology and technological know-how are propelled by means of a wish to comprehend the area via skilled truth, and Polkinghorne explains that their viewpoints are in no way at the same time exclusive.


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A rather similar approach is needed in theology in relation to the question of miracles. It does not make theological sense to suppose that God is a kind of show-off celestial conjurer, capriciously using divine power today to do something that God did not think of doing yesterday and won’t be bothered to do tomorrow. There must be a deep underlying consistency in divine action, but that requirement does not condemn the deity never to do anything radically new and unexpected. In the Christian tradition, we use personal language about God, not because we think God is an old man with a beard sitting high above the bright blue sky, but because it is less misleading in using the finite resources of human language to call God ‘Father’ than it would be to employ the impersonal language of ‘Force’.

Equally, scientific discovery also exceeds anything attainable simply through free play with mathematical speculation —a point rather sadly made by the second half of Einstein’s scientific career, in which he continually and fruitlessly tried to construct general unified field theories, a quest in which the only guide he allowed himself to follow was recourse to ingenious mathematical speculation. Science progresses neither by sole reliance on an earthy empiricism, nor by indulgence in theoretical leaps in the dark, but through the discipline imposed by a continual interaction between assessed experience and proffered interpretation.

The authentic text of Mark that is now available to us ends at 16:8, without describing the appearance in Galilee that is twice foretold earlier in that gospel (Mark 14:28; 16:7). In Matthew, Jesus appears to women in Jerusalem, but the main story is of an appearance to a group of disciples on a hillside in Galilee (Matthew 28:16– 20). In Luke, everything seems to happen in or near Jerusalem on the first Easter day. There is the story of the couple on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13–32), the briefest mention of an appearance to Peter (v.

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