"an accessible format... another great strength ... lies in its ability to introduce many (if not most) of the hotly debated issues in science and religion in succinct detail."
The reviewer makes a number of criticisms:
For all of the book’s wonderful strengths, there are still some significant weaknesses in it.
- Although Questions of Truth is written for beginners, the reader will not come away from this book with an understanding of the other orthodox alternatives that are available to them. Indeed, this text is primarily written for students who want to understand Polkinghorne and Beale’s views – not other viewpoints from other major players in the field.
- Moreover, it can be frustrating for the serious reader who will want to read about the authors’ positions in more detail. These readers will be left guessing about the fine nuances that are almost always involved in these knotty discussions. At times one of the authors will say a couple of sentences in response to a single question!
- Lastly, at times Polkinghorne and Beale quote or reference certain thinkers (Darwin, Einstein) but do not cite the sources where they get their information from. One would hope that footnoting would be a part of a book like this so that beginning readers can easily remember where most of these profound and memorable quotes come from.
QoT still in the top 100 in Science and Religion on both amazon.co.uk and amazon.com - and should be in its 4th printing about now. The publishers have promised to correct the errata and to revise the cover. Let's see how it turns out.