The concept of order in science and theology with special reference to the thought of Michael Polanyi
The thesis begins with a critical comparison of the philosophy of Michael Polanyi, John Macmurray, Karl Popper and Albert Einstein. This serves to highlight several important features of Michael Polanyi's philosophy which are of relevance. From this preliminary discussion of Michael Polanyi's philosophy it becomes clear that certain ultimate beliefs underly all scientific work - a belief in order, a belief in its contingent singular nature, and a belief that we can know that order. The ultimate beliefs found in the scientific community are paralleled by a similar set of beliefs in the Christian community, and this community is itself ordered by principles which this thesis would maintain are equivalent to those found in t The prayers and worship of the Christian community, by which we come to know the divine order, are then compared and contrasted with scientific research, by which we come to know nature's order. This leads on to a discussion of miracles.