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John Polkinghorne Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

 

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

Evolution, of course, is not something that simply
applies to life here on earth;
it applies to the whole universe.
- John Polkinghorne

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I think it's very important to maintain the classical
Christian distinction between the Creator and creation.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

So Whitehead's metaphysics doesn't fit very well on
to physics as we understand the process of the world.
- John Polkinghorne

It is the faithfulness of God that allows epistemology to model ontology.
- John Polkinghorne

At present, too much theological thinking is very human-centered.
- John Polkinghorne

Those theologians who are beginning to take the doctrine
of creation very seriously should pay some attention to science's story.
- John Polkinghorne

Whitehead reacted strongly against the idea of God as a cosmic tyrant,
one who brings about everything.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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 it there would not have been the chemical materials
to allow life to evolve here on earth.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

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.
- John Polkinghorne

Fully experience THIS moment -
breathe in, breathe out - nothing more.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Choose to be as a young child -
fully awake, eager for the next experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

Follow that will and that way
which experience confirms to be your own.
- Carl Jung

We deem those happy, who from the experience of life
have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
- Carl Jung

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass

Never "for the sake of peace and quiet"
deny your own experience or convictions.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

What I recognized is that you can't put it together.
It's already together, and what you have to do
is experience it being together.
- Werner Erhard

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The only source of knowledge is experience.
- Albert Einstein

Well-being is making its way to you at all times.
If you will relax and find a way to allow it,
it will be your experience.
- Abraham (Esther Hicks)

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

A mind that is stretched by a new experience
an never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation
of the experience of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Experience is the best teacher.
- Proverb

Only those who have learned the power
of sincere and selfless contribution
experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Tony Robbins

I believe that anyone can conquer fear
by doing the things he fears to do,
provided he keeps doing them until he gets
a record of successful experience behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The sky is the limit.
You never have the same experience twice.
- Frank McCourt

You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus

Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our
values are and how great the mission they represent.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

One is taught by experience to put a premium
on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
- Gail Godwin

Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
- Franklin P. Jones

Judgment comes from experience - and experience comes from bad judgment.
- Walter Wriston

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability
to learn from the experience of others,
are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- Douglas Adams

Experience teaches only the teachable.
- Aldous Huxley

Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Good judgement comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgement.
- Jim Horning

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
- Auguste Rodin

Other people do not have to change
for us to experience peace of mind.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Experience is a good school.
But the fees are high.
- Heinrich Heine

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot
be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
- John Stuart Mill

I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which I must stop and look fear in the face.
I say to myself, I've lived through this
and can take the next thing that comes along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

He who is persistent will realize God.
So try your best to make meditation
a regular experience in your life.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.
- Fred Brooks

Skill is the unified force of experience,
intellect and passion in their operation.
- John Ruskin

The main thing experience has taught me is that one
has to sort of hone their relationship to time,
you know.
- John Frusciante

Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
- Clarence Day


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