Prof. Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath


"The forthcoming Christians in Science Conference at Maynooth marks a major step in the re-establishment of a positive and collaborative spirit between science and religion, two of the greatest and most important cultural forces in modern Ireland. My presentation will deal with the misrepresentations of both science and religion in Richard Dawkin's book The God Delusion, which has done a grave disservice to both. In addition to demonstrating the inadequacy of his arguments and scholarship, I hope to set out a vision that will lead to a closer working relationship between science and religion in the future. It is a particular pleasure to be able to give this lecture at such a distinguished centre as Maynooth, and I am looking forward to it with keen anticipation."

Brief biography

Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. McGrath was originally an atheist, but became a Christian while an undergraduate at Oxford University. After studying chemistry as an undergraduate, and undertaking doctoral research at Oxford in molecular biophysics, McGrath went on to specialize in Christian theology earning a further doctorate in historical and systematic theology at Oxford. He is today widely recognized as one of the world's leading theologians, with a special interest in the relation of faith and science. His most sustained engagement with the relationship of Christian theology and the natural sciences may be found in the three volumes of his Scientific Theology (Continuum/Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001-3).

Alister McGrath is President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

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  • The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine. (with Joanna Collicut McGrath; London: SPCK, 2007)
  • The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006)
  • The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology. (London: Continuum, 2004)
  • Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)
  • Theology: The Basics (2004),
  • The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World. (New York: Doubleday, 2004)
  • A Scientific Theology: Volume 3 - Theory. (Edinburgh: T.&T. Clark, 2003)
  • A Scientific Theology: Volume 2 - Reality. (Edinburgh: T.&T. Clark, 2002)
  • A Brief History of Heaven. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002)
  • A Scientific Theology: Volume 1 - Nature. (Edinburgh: T.&T. Clark, 2001)
  • Christian Theology: An Introduction. (3rd ed: Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)
  • The Christian Theology Reader. (2nd ed: Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)
  • In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible. (New York: Doubleday, 2001)
  • Glimpsing the Face of God: The Search for Meaning in the Universe. (Oxford: Lion, 2001)
  • The Future of Christianity. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000)
  • Thomas F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography. (Edinburgh: T.&T. Clark, 1999)
  • The Unknown God: Searching for Spiritual Fulfilment. (Oxford: Lion, 1999)
  • The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998)
  • The Renewal of Anglicanism (London: SPCK, 1993)
  • The Genesis of Doctrine (Blackwell: Oxford, 1990; 2nd ed: Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997)
  • The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation (2nd ed: Blackwell: Oxford, 2003)
  • Iustitia Dei. A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification (3rd ed: Cambridge UP, 2005.
  • 'Reformation to Enlightenment (1500-1800)', in: The History of Christian Theology I: The Science of Theology, ed. P. D. L. Avis (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1986), pp. 105-229. [Book-length article].
  • The Making of Modern German Christology. From the Enlightenment to Pannenberg (Blackwell: Oxford, 1986)
  • Luther's Theology of the Cross. Martin Luther's Theological Breakthrough (Blackwell: Oxford, 1985, 1990)