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McGrath, Alister

Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is professor of theology, ministry, and education and head of the Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture at King’s College, London. He is also involved in theological research and the professional development of clergy from a range of Christian denominations. McGrath has written many books on theology and history, including Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Surprised by Meaning. McGrath is an ordained minister in the Church of England and spends his Sundays pastoring and preaching in a group of rural churches in the beautiful Cotswolds, close to his home in West Oxfordshire. Previously, he served as professor of historical theology and principle of Wycliffe Hall at the University of Oxford. Before becoming a theologian, McGrath conducted research in molecular biophysics at Oxford University and earned a doctorate in biochemistry for his work. McGrath also studied Divinity at Saint John’s College of Cambridge and became ordained as a minister of the Church of England. In 2001, he earned an Oxford Doctorate of Divinity. His extensive experience in the worlds of both science and theology has equipped him to be a powerful voice in the science/faith debate.

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From the Dust: The Book of Genesis

1 Part Series: From the Dust

In this series, Ryan Pettey offers several clips from his powerful documentary "From the Dust". This feature-length film is divided up into various sections, each of which wrestles with the difficult problems that arise when reconciling Scripture with the theory of evolution. A light of hope dawns on the science-faith conversation, however, as scientists and theologians engage in honest dialogue about tough issues such as the interpretation of Genesis, the nature of the Fall, and the idea of random design. Their profound insights are sure to enlighten all minds, raise deeper questions, and provoke new thought.
July 06, 2011 
Alister McGrath, Ryan Pettey 
Biblical Interpretation 
 
Religion, Science, and Society

Religion, Science, and Society

Conflicts occur when people argue one worldview against another. They may be arguing Atheism versus Monotheism, then pull out science as a weapon saying, "science proves I'm right because of this or that..." In my view, science is rather more limited than this. Science has a lot of interesting resonances with the big questions, and can inform them, but I don’t believe it can answer them.
June 04, 2014 
 
Featuring Deborah Haarsma, Alister McGrath
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Divine Action & Purpose, Science & Worldviews, Science as Christian Calling 
 
An Enriched Creation

An Enriched Creation

Scripture gives us multiple ways of looking at things, and a classic example of this is the parables of Jesus. Many of these involve looking at nature. For example, natural events like seeds growing—and what Jesus seems to be saying is look there is a surface reading of nature—and then there is the deeper reading, where you begin to realize there are levels of meaning that we don’t pick up on our first acquaintance.
February 19, 2014 
Alister McGrath 
Worship & Arts 
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Sin and Seeking Truth

Sin and Seeking Truth

In today's video, theologian Alister McGrath discusses how we can make sense of the world in light of a fallen creation. One way, he notes, is to look for evidence from as many sources as possible, as science does.
March 13, 2012 
Alister McGrath 
Science & Worldviews 
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Below the Surface; Behind the Scene

Below the Surface; Behind the Scene

In this video, Alister McGrath discusses the importance of going beyond surface readings, both in Scripture and in the natural world. The parable of the sower, for example, contains a far deeper meaning than a story of a man scattering seed.
December 22, 2011 
Alister McGrath 
Biblical Interpretation 
 
What Are We to Make of Adam and Eve?

What Are We to Make of Adam and Eve?

There are those who would say that Adam and Eve designate specific historical figures. That makes some sense, acknowledges theologian Alister McGrath, but it makes even more sense to say that Adam and Eve are figures that encapsulate the human race as a whole.
March 31, 2010 
Alister McGrath 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
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