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Mathematics is the abstract key which turns the lock of the physical universe.
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Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation, but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary character of cosmic history.

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It is the faithfulness of God that allows epistemology to model ontology.

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I also think we need to maintain distinctions - the doctrine of creation is different from a scientific cosmology, and we should resist the temptation, which sometimes scientists give in to, to try to assimilate the concepts of theology to the concepts of science.

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I think it's very important to maintain the classical Christian distinction between the Creator and creation.

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Those theologians who are beginning to take the doctrine of creation very seriously should pay some attention to science's story.

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So Whitehead's metaphysics doesn't fit very well on to physics as we understand the process of the world.

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Hope is much more than a mood. It involves a commitment to action ... What we hope for should be what we are prepared to work for ... as far as that power lies in us.

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I need the binocular approach of science and religion if I am to do any sort of justice to the deep and rich reality of the world in which we live.

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God is not a God of the edges, with a vested interest in beginnings. God is the God of the whole show.

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The rational transparency and beauty of the universe are surely too remarkable to be treated as just happy accidents.

— John Polkinghorne

Mathematics is the abstract key which turns the lock of the physical universe.

— John Polkinghorne

The test of a theory is its ability to cope with all the relevant phenomena, not its a priori 'reasonableness'. The latter would have proved a poor guide in the development of science, which often makes progress by its encounter with the totally unexpected and initially extremely puzzling.

— John Polkinghorne

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