Without question, John Polkinghorne, particle physicist and Canon Theologian of Liverpool Cathedral, is the leading contemporary thinker on the relationship of science and Christian faith. In a word, Polkinghorne sees the two as complementary, in a phrase, each as informing the other.
And a terrific place to hear him explain his ideas is on today's Speaking of Faith, a show produced by American Public Media. We can announce happily that the show is available as MP3 download, podcast or streaming audio. So you can listen now or take it along.
Gentle readers who wonder why SWNID is so enthusiastic an advocate for so-called "old-earth creationism" will perhaps catch a glimpse of the issue by listening. Polkinghorne explains clearly both the exegetical and the theological issues involved. Listeners must infer the advantages of integrating considerable empirical data with a theology that is at once biblical, consistent with experience and deeply satisfying.
In passing, we note with amazement and gratitude that the Church of England, hardly the most thriving religious institution, currently manages to produce some of the most important Christian theologians. We are happy to eat the crumbs that fall from their tables.