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By John Polkinghorne F.R.S. K.B.E.

An inquiry into the chances of believing in God in an age of technological know-how. the writer makes a speciality of the collegiality among technology and theology, contending that those "intellectual cousins" are either all in favour of interpreted event and with the search for fact approximately fact.

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Johnson and set in Janson Roman type by Tseng Information Systems, Durham, North Carolina. Printed in the United States of America by Vail-Ballou Press, Binghamton, New York. , 1930 Belief in God in an age of science /John Polkinghorne. (The Terry lectures) Includes bibliographical references and index. : alk.  Series. 5'5-dc21 97-30508 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources.

Page 24 I have tried to write of belief in God today as offering us a way of making sense of the broadest possible band of human experience, of uniting in a single account the rich and many-layered encounter that we have with the way things are. I have forsworn false attempts at demonstration and instead I have chosen to rely, as honesty requires, on the persuasiveness of an intellectually satisfying insight. I have suggested that we need to explore with profound seriousness all avenues of our meeting with reality as they open up for us.

Is such a hope a coherent possibility? 22 If we regard human beings as psychosomatic unities, as I believe both the Bible and contemporary experience of the intimate connection between mind and brain encourage us to do, then the soul will have to be understood in an Aristotelian sense as the "form," or information-bearing pattern, of the body. Though this pattern is dissolved at death, it seems perfectly rational to believe that it will be remembered by God and reconstituted in a divine act of resurrection.

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