Book Review: Questions of Truth: God, Science and Belief by John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale
"I found the Beale-Polkinghorne explanation of natural evil (tsunamis and earthquakes that drown or crush tens of thousands, childhood cancers, and other marks of benign providence) as disgusting, though it is novel, as any that other apologists trot out. They say that the deity allows natural evils to happen because "he" has given creation "freedom to be and to make itself" - thus imputing free will to "creation" to explain natural evil in the same way as moral evil is imputed to the free will of humans. Heroic stuff."
~ AC Grayling

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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].

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