Another quote from the Polkie and Nickie show, i.e., from their joint book, Questions of Truth (J. Polkinghorne and N. Beale, 2009, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky). This bit of Sophisticated Theology® is from page 88. Once again they try to put the lucubrations of ancient and illiterate goatherds on par with modern science. Here the duo ponder exactly why the crucifixion of Jesus should be the route to our union with God and personal salvation. There’s no obvious reason, of course, and Polkie and Nickie realize this. But they try to explain it away by making an analogy with physics!:
He [Jesus Christ] is therefore the unique link between human life and divine life, the living means by which our relationship with God can be restored. It has been the witness of the church through the centuries that Christ’s solidarity with us, even to the point of his painful and shameful death on the cross, is central to this process of restoration (atonement). Nevertheless, there has not been one single and universally accepted theory of exactly how this works. In science, we are familiar with the fact that there can be phenomena that cannot be denied but that are not wholly understood theoretically—quantum physics is a good example.
My response to this is similar to that I made to Beale’s last plaint (in a comment he made on an earlier post): how do you know that Jesus’s resurrection and our acceptance of him as savior is the means to our salvation and to a one-ness with God? How do you know that you’re right and that the Jews, Muslim, and Hindus are wrong?
If you read the book (and I pray that you won’t have to), you’ll see that he doesn’t even proffer good evidence for God’s existence, so the whole question above becomes irrelevant. In contrast, we can observe quantum phenomena.