Over the next few months, with permission from Yale University Press, BioLogos will offer edited versions of chapters from John Polkinghorne's best books, Belief in God in an Age of Science and Theology in the Context of Science, in order to help readers delve more deeply into some of his most important ideas.
  • Searching for Motivated Belief: Introducing John Polkinghorne

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    Searching for Motivated Belief: Introducing John Polkinghorne | Ted Davis

    Several times in my series of columns about “Science and the Bible,” I briefly discussed a few ideas from John Polkinghorne, one of the leading Christian thinkers of our t... Read More >

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  • Searching for Motivated Belief: Understanding John Polkinghorne, Part 1

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    Searching for Motivated Belief: Understanding John Polkinghorne, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    Since science cannot provide the answers, [the New Atheists] proclaim, the questions themselves are meaningless; therefore, our efforts to answer them cannot produce evidence... Read More >

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  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 1

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    No one can avoid some degree of intellectual precariousness, and there is a consequent need for a degree of cautious daring in the quest for truth. Read More >

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  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 2

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    Recent high-profile attacks on religious belief by some scientists have made much play of depicting believers as if they were simple-minded fideists of an anti-intellectual mindset.&n... Read More >

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  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 3

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 3 | Ted Davis

    The real problem of belief in miracle is properly a theological issue, not a scientific one, since claims of unique historical occurrences lie outside science’s competence to ad... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 6 of 12
  • Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 4

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    Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 4 | Ted Davis

    I believe that when the truth of Christianity is under consideration in the context of science, it is with these issues relating to the resurrection that the discussion needs to begin... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 1

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 1 | Ted Davis

    The world is not full of items stamped “made by God”—the Creator is more subtle than that—but there are two locations where hints of the divine presence might ... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 2

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 2 | Ted Davis

    Science rejoices in the rational accessibility of the physical world, but it is unable to offer any reason why these laws take the particular (anthropically fruitful) form that they d... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 3

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 3 | Ted Davis

    The gift of Love must be the gift of freedom, the gift of a degree of letting-be. This can be expected to be true of all creatures to the extent that is appropriate to their character... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 4

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 4 | Ted Davis

    It is precisely the recognition of the qualities of elegance, economy and naturalness which solves the problem of the under-determination of theory by experiment. Read More >

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  • Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 5

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    Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 5

    The human paradox is that we perceive many signs of value and significance conveyed to us in our encounter with reality, yet all meaning is threatened by the apparent finality of deat... Read More >

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