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John C. Polkinghorne (2002)

John C. Polkinghorne is a mathematical physicist and Anglican priest whose treatment of theology as a natural science invigorated the search for an interface between science and religion. He resigned his position as Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambridge in 1979 and became a priest in 1982. His writings apply scientific habits to the fundamentals of Christian orthodoxy – including the Trinity, Christ’s resurrection, and God’s creation of the universe – and have brought him recognition as a unique voice for understanding the Bible and evolving doctrine. Among his many books are The Way the World Is (1983), The Faith of a Physicist (1984), Belief in God in an Age of Science (1998), and Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion (2006).