Launch Events

  1. Lecture at the University of Chicago Feb 12th
  2. The AAAS meeting Feb 15th – Chaired by Prof Jim McCarthy the President of the AAAS
  3. The Royal Society March 2nd – chaired by Prof Onora O’Neill the President of the British Academy
  4. Lecture/Discussion at the Royal Institution April 1st – Chaired by Prof Stewart Sutherland FBA

US Launch Events

Jim McCarthy chairing Launch Workshop at AAAS with authors

Jim McCarthy chairing Launch Workshop at AAAS with authors

The main US Launch of Questions of Truth was on Feb 15th at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. Dr Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale led a Panel Discussion entitled Questions of Truth: Perspectives on the Intertwining of Science and Religion, chaired by Prof Jim McCarthy, the President of the AAAS.

There was a Questions of Truth stand at the AAAS exhibition on which John and I were generally present for discussions, and where books were available.  Among the distinguished visitors was Ken Miller, who had just won the AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology


Ken Miller with authors at AAAS

Ken Miller with authors at AAAS

Lecture at University of Chicago

Polkinghorne Lecture at U of Chicago

Polkinghorne Lecture at U of Chicago

John Polkinghorne also gave a Lecture at the University of Chicago on Feb 12th (Darwin Day) entitled “The Friendship of Science and Religion”  at 7:00 PM at the Biological Sciences Learning Center, Room 115, University of Chicago, 945 E. 57th Street, Chicago IL 60637, at which copies of the book were available. This event packed with standing room only, and we only had 2 copies of the book left.


Royal Society Launch Event

Launch Panel at Royal Socitey: Denis Alexander, Eric Priest FRS, Onora O'Neill PBA, John Polkinghorne FRS & Nicholas Beale

Denis Alexander, Eric Priest, Onora O'Neil, John Polkinghorne, Nicholas Beale at RS

Questions of Truth was launched at (obviously not by) the Royal Society on March 2nd 2009 with a Panel Discussion Questions of Truth: Perspectives on the Intertwining of Science and Religion where the authors were joined by Prof Onora O’Neill, PBA (who Chaired the event); Dr Denis Alexander (standing in for the pioneering Systems Biologist Denis Noble FRS, author of The Music of Life, who was unable to attend due to illness); and the distinguished astrophysicist Eric Priest FRS.

About 130 people attended including one Nobel Laureate and over 40 FRSs/FBAs.  The event was filmed and webcasts are available. More details are here.

RS Reception: Beale, Swinburne, Polkinghorne, Lucas & others

RS Reception: Beale, Swinburne, Polkinghorne, Lucas & others

Lecture/Discussion at the Royal Institution April 1st

Talk at the Royal Institution

Talk at the Royal Institution

The Royal Institution kindly invited the authors to give a lecture on the evening of April 1 – our choice of date, not theirs! It was chaired by the immensely distinguished philosopher Stewart Sutherland FBA

The talks are on YouTube and can be accessed by clicking here.

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“a refreshing contrast to the polemic and misinformation that have characterized much of the writing in this area” William Phillips

“Richly nuanced responses … simply a fantastic resource” Francis Collins

“Wonderfully accessible, informative and authoritative.” Alister McGrath

“an important contribution” Martin Nowak

“this matters to every man and every woman” Onora O’Neill

“of universal interest. Many readers will welcome this accessible format” Publishers Weekly

“antidote to Richard Dawkins … intriguing … a thought-provoking work” Library Journal

“deals eloquently with many of the issues…in the science-religion debate.” Times H. E.

“commendably clear…those who would most benefit from reading it are… atheists who believe that the religious are manifestly irrational” FT.

“remarkably even-handed …lucid explanations … a valuable lesson” Physics World

“rich…digestible..intriguing” Church Times

“evokes the shimmering beauty of a stained glass window … will repay rereading and rereading” Living Church.

One Erratum has been found in Appendix A – see here.

The new Polkinghorne Q&A website is now here.