The Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, the physicist who helped explain the existence of quarks and gluons, the world’s smallest known particles, is also known for his contributions to research at the interface between science and religion. He will be discussing such from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Point Loma Nazarene University as part of the H. Orton Wiley Lectures in Theology. Tickets are $10 at
Polkinghorne left Cambridge, became a priest in the Anglican Church in the 1980s, and served the village of Blean, just up the hill from the Canterbury Cathedral. Years later, he returned to Cambridge, first as a chaplain to one of the colleges, and eventually became president of Queens College, a position he held until he retired.
After leaving the world of physics, he became known for his writings on how faith and science can live in harmony. He has written more than 30 books on theology and science, served on national boards to determine ethical standards for scientific research, and was knighted by the Queen for his contributions in ethics and science.
Polkinghorne was also awarded the Templeton Prize, the highest honor given in regard to the relationship between science and religion.
He has lectured on most continents at the most prestigious locations, including Yale, Princeton, and the Smithsonian Institution, and appears regularly on documentaries regarding the beginning of the universe, Albert Einstein, C.S. Lewis, and countless other topics. He was featured recently on The Science Channel in the program “Through the Wormhole,” narrated by actor Morgan Freeman.