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John Polkinghorne’s Contribution to a New-Style Arts – Including Natural Theology*

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Abstract A new-style natural theology is emerging from contemporary science-and-theology discourse. For John Polkinghorne its aim is to seek to integrate insights from the sciences, the arts, ethics, and Christian tradition itself, into a single, coherent, Trinitarian meta-narrative of the unfolding cosmos. Here we discuss (i) his distinctive metaphysical ideas, showing how these have been used by literary scholar Anthony Monti to outline a natural theology of the arts, and (ii) his speculative eschatological ideas as part of an attempt to understand the nature and significance of human personhood.

Affiliations: 1: School of Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, Email:, URL:; 2: School of Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban


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