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The Revd. Dr. John Polkinghorne is a world-renowned authority in the field of science and religion. His numerous books in this area, written over the past three decades, have been hugely influential. The Polkinghorne Reader brings together key extracts from his writings on core issues such as the nature of science, the physical world, human nature, love, theology, creation, providence, prayer and miracle, time, evil, Jesus, the resurrection, the Trinity, eschatology, and world faiths. Ideal for readers who are new to Polkinghorne or who are just beginning to explore the interplay between science and religion, this collection will also be welcomed by all who have read his earlier works but would like one handy resource that presents the major facets of his thought in an accessible and systematic fashion.

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Preface / ix

Introduction / 1

Part 1; THE WORLD

1 The nature of science / 9

2 The nature of the physical world / 25

3 Human nature / 36

4 The nature of reality / 51

5 A brief history of science and religion / 56

6 Science and religion as cousins / 61

7 The work of love / 68

Part 2: GOD

8 The nature of theology / 79

9 Deity / 88

10 Natural theology / 94

11 Creation / 104

12 Providence / 110

13 Prayer and miracle / 126

14 Time / 133

15 Evil / 137

Part 3: CHRISTIANITY

16 Scripture / 147

17 The historical Jesus / 159

18 The resurrection / 176

19 Trinitarian theology / 189

20 Eucharist / 197

21 Eschatology / 209

22 World faiths / 225

Books by J. C. Polkinghorne / 233

Bibliography / 235

Index / 241

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