Theology for Physicists

From the May 2005 Print Edition

Science and the Trinity: the Christian Encounter with Reality by John Polkinghorne Yale University Press. 208 pp. $24. The story of science and religion since the Middle Ages has been one of estrangement rather than conflict. When the Aristotelian synthesis shattered, science and theology drifted . . . . Continue Reading »

Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius and Galileo’s Mistake: A New Look at the Epic Confrontation between Galileo and the Church

From the January 2004 Print Edition

For centuries the trial of Galileo (1564-1642) was the stuff of myth: Galileo tortured by the Inquisition; his defiant words after recanting (“ e pur se muove ,” “but it does move”); the infallible Church proclaiming the dogma that the Sun goes round the Earth. None of these . . . . Continue Reading »

Anthropic Coincidences

From the June/July 2001 Print Edition

How important is the human race in the scheme of things? According to the Epistle to Diognetus, a Christian work of the early second century, “God loved the race of men. It was for their sakes that He made the world.” The consensus of later Christian tradition does not go quite that far, . . . . Continue Reading »

Theories of Everything

From the April 1999 Print Edition

Sir John Maddox was for almost a quarter of a century, until 1995, the editor-in-chief of Nature , one of the world’s premier scientific journals. In this ambitious book he attempts nothing less than an overview of what has been discovered about the natural world in the last three centuries, . . . . Continue Reading »