Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson directs the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. His book, Quantum Leap: How John Polkinghorne found God in Science and Religion, written with Karl Giberson, will be released in 2011 by Lion-Hudson Press of Oxford. His book God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World, was published by Brazos Press in 2009.

  • Quantum Leap, Part 6: The Legacy of John Polkinghorne

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    Quantum Leap, Part 6: The Legacy of John Polkinghorne | Dean Nelson

    One of Polkinghorne's favorite scripture verses is I Thessalonians 5:21 which says “Test everything. Hold fast to what is true.”     Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 6 of 6
  • Quantum Leap, Part 5: Polkinghorne’s Faith Challenges

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    Quantum Leap, Part 5: Polkinghorne’s Faith Challenges | Dean Nelson

    Today we look at Polkinghorne's reasons for his Christian faith and whether trying to prove God's existence is a worthy endeavor for Christians.   Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 5 of 6
  • Quantum Leap, Part 4: John Polkinghorne’s Science

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    Quantum Leap, Part 4: John Polkinghorne’s Science | Dean Nelson

    Polkinghorne was part of the team that began to challenge the longstanding conclusion that the smallest known particles that made up atoms were protons and neutrons. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 4 of 6
  • Quantum Leap, Part 3: John Polkinghorne’s Faith

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    Quantum Leap, Part 3: John Polkinghorne’s Faith | Dean Nelson

    In both his science and his faith commitments, Polkinghorne embraces Michael Polanyi’s thinking: “To commit myself to what I believe to be true, knowing that it may be fal... Read More >

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  • Quantum Leap, Part 2: Polkinghorne Leaves Physics for the Priesthood

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    Quantum Leap, Part 2: Polkinghorne Leaves Physics for the Priesthood | Dean Nelson

    Weinberg and Polkinghorne famously sparred in a celebrated debate on the existence of God at the Natural History Museum. The showdown was a clash of two titans of science.   Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 6
  • Quantum Leap, Part 1: Which Side Are You On?

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    Quantum Leap, Part 1: Which Side Are You On? | Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson and Karl Giberson address the warfare view of science and Christian faith through the story of John Polkinghorne: one man who dared to cross the boundary from physics into... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 1 of 6
  • An Afternoon with John Polkinghorne

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    An Afternoon with John Polkinghorne | Dean Nelson

    A theme that emerges in Polkinghorne's work is the phrase “But that’s not the whole story.” Science, life, God, the universe, are always surprising us with somethi... Read More >

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  • Physics and the Body of Christ

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    Physics and the Body of Christ | Dean Nelson

    John Polkinghorne, the world-famous physicist, got to church early on a recent Sunday. It had been nearly twenty-five years since he had preached in this church.   Read More >

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