chapter  8
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Bishop Berkeley’s Castle: John Polkinghorne on the Soul

Professor Polkinghorne’s writings on theology tend to be brief (although there are many of them), but they unerringly go to the heart of the topics he writes about, and provide insights that are important for any contemporary statement of Christian faith. In this short paper I intend to consider some of the things he says about the soul. I do not pretend to talk about Professor Polkinghorne’s view of the soul in general. Instead I shall consider some of the specific things he has written about the soul, whether or not he now continues to hold those views as he stated them in the texts I shall consider. Therefore this paper is a consideration of some of his writings on the subject of the soul, rather than about his doubtlessly more complex and developing views.