Tag Archives: John C. Polkinghorne

By the Power of the Holy Spirit

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Taken up again in the Gospel of Matthew All this took place to fulfill … Continue reading

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A Virgin Shall Conceive

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Taken up again in the Gospel of Matthew All this took place to fulfill … Continue reading

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Theology is Much More

The Rev. Dr. Polkinghorne has written a number of short books thinking through the relationship between Science and Christian faith. Theology in the Context of Science is one of these. This is a rather academic book – but the kind … Continue reading

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An Engineer or a Gardener?

The final three scientists interviewed in Tim Stafford’s book The Adam Quest are British. Despite the conservative evangelical and fundamentalist stereotype of English Christianity as theologically bankrupt, there is an environment that allows sophisticated and serious Christian thinking to flourish. … Continue reading

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On the Resurrection

He is risen indeed! Yes a scientist can believe in the resurrection. Science trades in motivated belief, there are reasons for the positions taken and the theories accepted. But theology also trades in motivated belief. In his book Theology in … Continue reading

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The Significance of the End: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell

The last couple of chapters in John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World deal with the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell) and with their significance. There is something of a divide … Continue reading

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The Soul and New Creation

The next couple of chapters in John Polkinghorne’s little book The God of Hope and the End of the World address the questions of personhood, the soul, and new creation. Christianity hope is founded in God and his work in … Continue reading

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Hope is Our Foundation

Christianity is a religion founded on hope precisely because it is founded in God and his work in the world through Jesus, the Messiah of God. The resurrection is the clearest example of this hope, but it is far from … Continue reading

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The Riddle of Jesus

I’ve been slowly working through The God of Hope and the End of the World by John Polkinghorne and Surprised by Scripture by N. T. Wright. The books converged this week as I read Polkinghorne’s chapter on The Resurrection of … Continue reading

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Afterlife and Hope in the Old Testament

Any discussion of Christian hope must look carefully at Scripture, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The next section of John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World turns to Scripture beginning with … Continue reading

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