This title focuses on Polkinghorne's theory that science and religion are two aspects of the same world.
Both science and religion explore aspects of reality, providing "a basis for their mutual interaction as they present their different perspectives onto the one world of existent reality," Polkinghorne argues. In One World he develops his thesis through an examination of the nature of science, the nature of the physical world, the character of theology, and the modes of thought in science and theology. He identifies "points of interaction" and points of potential conflict between science and religion. Along the way, he discusses creation, determinism, prayer, miracles, and future life, and he explains his rejection of scientific reductionism and his defense of natural theology.
The book is published by Templeton Press.
©1986, Preface 2007 John Polkingshorne (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks
"One World is a very satisfying treatment of the fundamental issues affecting a fruitful interaction between two disciplines often presumed at odds." (Catholic Books Review)
Very different perspective from the usual science bashing of religion written by someone who is both a scientist and a priest. Throughout the book he shows how the methodologies of science and of theology are actually not opposed to each other. He also suggests some ways the two disciplines can help each each other to understand this world and, perhaps, the next.
Non-fiction so no characters but the reader did an excellent job of elucidating some complex ideas. Made them a lot easier to understand than just staring at the print.
No....deep stuff here...needs to be taken in small doses.
I wish I could get my son to listen to this. He's always "throwing" science at me when we discuss religion. Can't seem to understand that, years from now, some of what we take as "hard science" may be found to be completely in error.
I eventually made it through the entire book; however, there were many times when I wanted to quit due to poor narration. If you're interested in reading this book, I would strongly recommend the print version, not the audio book. The narrator spoke in a halting fashion, pausing after every second or third word, which made it very difficult to figure out the intended phrasing. He also repeatedly mispronounced the word nucleus and the name Godel, among others.
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