A Century of Mathematics in America by Peter Duren

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8. 14 11:19 28 7093 Polkinghorne / SCIENCE AND THE TRINITY / sheet 47 of 202 THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY responds to Peacocke’s challenge that theology should ‘enter the fray of contemporary intellectual exchange’. It certainly has the character of inference to the best explanation. 54 One of the reasons why that claim can be made is that the condensed character of the Creed means that it indicates the heads of an adequate Christian discourse, without prescribing all the details of how that discourse must be conducted.

27 Davies ends The Mind of God by stating, I cannot believe that our existence in this universe is a mere quirk of fate, an accident of history, an incidental blip in the great cosmic drama. Our involvement is too intimate. . Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness. . 28 23. P. Davies, God and the New Physics, Dent, 1983; The Mind of God, Simon and Schuster, 1992. 24. Davies, God and the New Physics, p. ix. 25. , ch. 17. 26. Davies, The Mind of God, p. 191. 27. M. Jammer, Einstein and Religion, Princeton University Press, 1999.

The detailed character of the physical fabric of the world was of critical importance and had to be tightly constrained. 22 The second topic that has attracted much attention has been the coming to be of self-conscious life, surely one of the most remarkable developments known to us in the fourteenbillion-year history of the cosmos. In the dawning of rational self-awareness, the universe began to come to know itself, and thereby science became a future possibility. To many people this does not look like just an incredibly happy accident.

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