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Science and Theology: An Introduction

Science and Theology

An Introduction

John Polkinghorne (Author)


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In this short masterpiece, eminent scientist and theologian John Polkinghorne offers an accessible, yet authoritative, introduction to the stimulating field of science and theology. After surveying their volatile historical relationship, he leads the reader through the whole array of questions at the nexus of the scientific and religious quests.

A lucid and lively writer, Polkinghorne provides a marvelously clear overview of the major elements of current science (including quantum theory, chaos theory, time, and cosmology). He then offers a concise outline of the character of religion and shows the joint potential of science of religion to illumine some of the thorniest issues in theology today: creation, the nature of knowledge, human and divine identity and agency.

Polkinghorne aptly demonstrates that a sturdy faith has nothing to fear and much to gain from an intellectually honest appraisal of the new horizons of contemporary science.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800631536
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 152
  • Publication Date September 30, 1998


  1. The Area of Interaction
  2. The Scientific Picture of the World
  3. Humanity
  4. Theism
  5. Divine Action
  6. Christian Theology
  7. The World Faiths
  8. The Search for Knowledge and Wisdom


"A remarkably clearly written, direct, and attractive book, which should appeal not just to students but to everyone who wishes to understand the issues. . . . It is a most enjoyable book to read and offers a vast amount of information in a very accessible way."
— The Expository Times

"Polkinghorne's prose is crisp and concentrated. He knows his material and conveys a marvelous grasp of his subject. . . . A helpful entrée and a handy reference. . . ."
— Anglican Journal

"An important book for book theologians and scientists. It gives a balanced account of the many issues emerging out of the encounter of science and religion."
— Lucien Richard, O.M.I.


"The aim is to produce a clear, straightforward, balanced text, usable in the many science and theology courses now being given in colleges and universities."
--from the Preface