Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall, a very good discussion on the Holiness of God. There are plenty of excellent points raised and explained from a solid, Reformed viewpoint and overall serves as an excellent introduction into further study of the subject. I think the author tackled the difficult accounts of Uzzah, Nadab and Abihu, and the conquest of Canaan particularly well.
With that being said, the book is slightly let down in the middle few chapters where the author loses the reader somewhat in the bigger picture and purpose of the book. In particular, there is a lengthy discourse on Lennie from of Mice and Men, and a segment on Luther that was far too long and overly biographical than was really necessary to get the point across.
These points reduced the overall enjoyment of the book, but for the other 85% or so, the discussion is well worth reading, especially if one is new to Reformed theology – or Christianity in general.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly disappointing. I had high hopes for this book, but I was entirely let down.
The very small positives were so infrequent, I cannot justify a rating above 1 star. The author’s discussions on dynamical systems and quantum mechanics were pleasant to read, as a mathematician/theoretical physicist, however I didn’t read this book for a discussion on abstract maths.
Sadly, as I feared, it is Polkinghorne’s theology and attitude to Scripture that is at the heart of most of the issues. He plays so fast and loose with both, it is hard to know where to begin. The most heinous error is the author’s incredibly liberal view of the entire first 11 chapters of Genesis (calling them a myth) and seemingly most of the OT and, moreover, generally doesn’t believe Scripture to be inspired at all. Having said that, the author’s quick tarnishing of all Reformed Christians as having a Zwinglian attitude towards the Lord’s Supper left a rather sour taste in my mouth.