Thank you Joan.
It seems as thiugh Polingborne and Beale embrace good old-fashioned Enloghtenment era Deism. The deity "creates" and then turns away not involving itself in any of the outcome and subsequent activity. By extrapolation, we can deduce most of the central claims of Christianity and the other organized religions are not valid. .
Aside from the many arguments that Deism is not an accurate accounting for physical reality, that is not much bridging of a wide gap.
"Misuse of reason might yet return the world to pre-technological night; plenty of religious zealots hunger for just such a result, and are happy to use the latest technology to effect it" [A.C. Grayling].