John Polkinghorne is a former theoretical physicist and a long-time Anglican Priest. While the man is quite learned in his field he loses credibility by his unyielding stance on the world’s most famous storybook magician, Jesus. Throughout the lecture he points out fascinating things about our universe and then adds in “but you know God must have had a hand in that.” His constant disregard for actual science is off putting and a bit arrogant.
The second half of his lecture delves into religion as a whole and how it’s connected with the world. His view is that in some way his Christian God must have had a hand in everything because that’s his faith and that’s what he believes. That’s all and good, if you’re an ignorant old person. The man is supposed to be a scientist; he’s supposed to be logical. Instead what we get is some man who went far in his field and then refused to let go of the belief in a dying religion. It’s pathetic.