Dean Nelson on John Polkinghorne, God, Science and Doubt

Posted by Kendall Harmon

It may be OK, finally, for people to admit that they don't know things for sure — whether it's about quarks, light, God or the best way forward for the nation's economy.

At 80, Polkinghorne doesn't let his own doubts keep him from believing, any more than he let his doubts about quantum physics keep him from solving problems. He still prays, still celebrates the Eucharist, still believes in some kind of life eternal.

As for belief in God, "It's a reasonable position, but not a knock-down argument," he said. "It's strong enough to bet my life on it. Just as Polanyi bet his life on his belief, knowing that it might not be true, I give my life to it, but I'm not certain. Sometimes I'm wrong."

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Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:35 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Clueless wrote:

But of global warming (excuse me, climate change) we can have no doubt!

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