Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne (1930-) and the Block Universe

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  • John Polkinghorne's Birth

    John Polkinghorne, an English Theoretical Physicist, and Anglican Priest was born on 16 October 1930 in Weston-Super-Mare, England. He has greatly contributed to the philosophy of science with his numerous books and lectures on space-time, block universe theory, God, etc.
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    Military Service

    John Polkinghorne joined the National Service and served at the Royal Army Education Corps.
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    College Years

    John Polkinghorne studied Mathematics at Trinity College in Cambridge and graduated with a Mathematics Degree. He went on to study physics and earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1955.
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    Univ. of Cambridge

    John Polkinghorne was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge from 1968 to 1979.
  • Joined the Priesthood

    Joined the Priesthood
    Polkinghorne resigned from the University of Cambridge in 1979 to study for the priesthood. He became an Anglican Priest in 1982. Since then, Rev. Dr. Polkinghorne, with his cosmic view of God in his universe, has promoted belief in God in the age of science.
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    Queens' College

    John Polkinghorne was the president of Queens' College in Cambridge from 1988 until 1996.
  • Space, Time, and the Block Universe

    Space, Time, and the Block Universe
    Rev. Dr. Polkinghorne, a man of God and Science, is famous for his belief in the Block Universe where the past, present, and future occur simultaneously.
  • Rev. Dr. Polkinghorne - Philosophy of Space, Time, and God

    Rev. Dr. Polkinghorne - Philosophy of Space, Time, and God
    In Block Universe theory, there are 3 dimensions of space plus 1 of time, backed up by the special theory of relativity. Events that happen still exist somewhere in different parts of space-time. Polkinghorne posits that God is temporal yet timeless. God doesn't know the future because "the future is unformed."
  • Major Works

    Major Works
    Rev. Dr. Polkinghorne has written 32 books. Below are just a few. Polkinghorne, John. Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. Print. Polkinghorne, J. C. Theology in the Context of Science. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. Print. Polkinghorne, J. C. Science and Religion in Quest of Truth. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. Print.