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Evolution, of course, is not something that simply applies to life here on earth; it applies to the whole universe.
The physical fabric of the world had to be such as to enable that ten billion year preliminary evolution to produce the raw materials of life. Without...


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"Well, it's because I gladly acknowledge some ideas that are part of process theology, but which I think are not tied to all the details of process thought, and are very illuminating and helpful." Make picture quote!
"Of course, Einstein was a very great scientist indeed, and I have enormous respect for him, and great admiration for the discoveries he made. But he was very committed to a view of the objectivity of the physical world." Make picture quote!
"Yes, I was a parish priest for five years. I was a curate in a large working class parish in Bristol and the Vicar of a village in Kent." Make picture quote!
"People, and especially theologians, should try to familiarize themselves with scientific ideas. Of course, science is technical in many respects, but there are some very good books that try to set out some of the conceptual structure of science." Make picture quote!
"Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation, but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary character of cosmic history." Make picture quote!
"So Whitehead's metaphysics doesn't fit very well on to physics as we understand the process of the world." Make picture quote!
"Those theologians who are beginning to take the doctrine of creation very seriously should pay some attention to science's story." Make picture quote!
"Whitehead reacted strongly against the idea of God as a cosmic tyrant, one who brings about everything." Make picture quote!
"Nevertheless, all of us who work in quantum physics believe in the reality of a quantum world, and the reality of quantum entities like protons and electrons." Make picture quote!
"Of course, nobody would deny the importance of human beings for theological thinking, but the time span of history that theologians think about is a few thousand years of human culture rather than the fifteen billion years of the history of the universe." Make picture quote!
"Theologians have a great problem because they're seeking to speak about God. Since God is the ground of everything that is, there's a sense in which every human inquiry is grist to the theological mill. Obviously, no theologian can know everything." Make picture quote!
"Chance doesn't mean meaningless randomness, but historical contingency. This happens rather than that, and that's the way that novelty, new things, come about." Make picture quote!
"Quantum theory also tells us that the world is not simply objective; somehow it's something more subtle than that. In some sense it is veiled from us, but it has a structure that we can understand." Make picture quote!
"After all, the universe required ten billion years of evolution before life was even possible; the evolution of the stars and the evolving of new chemical elements in the nuclear furnaces of the stars were indispensable prerequisites for the generation of life." Make picture quote!
"It is the faithfulness of God that allows epistemology to model ontology." Make picture quote!
"Bottom up thinkers try to start from experience and move from experience to understanding. They don't start with certain general principles they think beforehand are likely to be true; they just hope to find out what reality is like." Make picture quote!
"However, as the Eastern churches have always maintained, through Christ creation is intended eventually to share in the life of God, the life of divine nature." Make picture quote!
"I also think we need to maintain distinctions - the doctrine of creation is different from a scientific cosmology, and we should resist the temptation, which sometimes scientists give in to, to try to assimilate the concepts of theology to the concepts of science." Make picture quote!
"I think it's very important to maintain the classical Christian distinction between the Creator and creation." Make picture quote!
"I very much enjoyed my career in science. I didn't leave science because I was disillusioned, but felt I'd done my bit for it after about twenty-five years." Make picture quote!
"I was very much on the mathematical side, where you probably do your best work before you're forty-five. Having passed that significant date, I thought I would do something else." Make picture quote!
"I'm a very passionate believer in the unity of knowledge. There is one world of reality - one world of our experience that we're seeking to describe." Make picture quote!
"If the experience of science teaches anything, it's that the world is very strange and surprising. The many revolutions in science have certainly shown that." Make picture quote!
"At present, too much theological thinking is very human-centered." Make picture quote!




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