polkinghornergb.jpgThe Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne comes to us from the United Kingdom. He is truly a household name in the best of Christian academic inquiry, especially as it relates to the intersection of science and faith. For 25 years, he was a theoretical physicist and played a significant role in the discovery of the smallest known particle called the "quark." In 1979 he resigned his chair as Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University to study for the ministry. He was ordained in 1982 within the Church of England - John Wesley's own theological tradition - and subsequently served in parish ministry for 5 years. He then returned to Cambridge to serve as Dean of the Chapel at Trinity Hall from 1986 - 1989, and then President of Queen's College, Cambridge. Dr. Polkinghorne is a founding member of the Society of Ordained Scientists and the International Society for Science and Religion.

His work demonstrates a commitment to both human agency and divine creative activity in the world - both central tenets of Wesleyanism -particularly expressing the conviction that these need not be mutually exclusive, competing allegiances. His work in bioethics, characterized by a commitment to the dignity of human life, as shared by the American Evangelical tradition, renders his contribution to the H. Orton Wiley Lectures as most timely.

Dr. Polkinghorne is chairperson of the Science, Medicine and Technology Committee of the Church of England's Board of Social Responsibility and has helped shape the UK's ethical guidelines pertaining to the responsible limits of reproductive technology, with particular concern for the ethical implications of fertility treatments and stem cell research.

 

The Friendship of Science and Religion

An Afternoon with Dr. John Polkinghorne - Part 1
November 14th, 2010
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An Afternoon with Dr. John Polkinghorne - Part 2
November 14th, 2010
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Dr. John Polkinghorne guest speaker in PLNU Chapel
November 15th, 2010
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The Search for Truth in Science and Theology

Lecture 1
"Natural Theology"  
November 15th, 2010
Crill Performance Hall
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Lecture 2
"Motivated Belief"
November 16th, 2010
Crill Performance Hall
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Lecture 3
"Providence and Prayer"
November 16th, 2010
Crill Performance Hall
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Lecture 4
"A Destiny Beyond Death"
November 17th, 2010
Crill Performance Hall
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