54. John Polkinghorne

  1. J. B. Stump2 and
  2. Alan G. Padgett3
  1. Christopher C. Knight

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch54

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

How to Cite

Knight, C. C. (2012) John Polkinghorne, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds J. B. Stump and A. G. Padgett), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch54

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bethel College, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335712

Online ISBN: 9781118241455



  • John Polkinghorne;
  • The Scientist-Theologians;
  • scientific and religious languages, and reality of the world;
  • Polkinghorne's categorization as a “bottom-up thinker”;
  • traditional theological concerns;
  • holding Scripture, tradition, reason in creative tension;
  • Polkinghorne's insistence on wrongness of divine eternity;
  • “biblical” notion, of a “personal” God, in response to events;
  • Polkinghorne, and pre-existent second person of the Trinity;
  • Polkinghorne's acute intelligence, model of divine action proposed


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biography

  • The Scientist-Theologians

  • Bottom-Up Thinking and Consonance

  • Traditional Theological Concerns

  • Divine Action

  • Natural Theology

  • References

  • Further Reading