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Science and Religion: An Introduction [Paperback]

By Alister E. McGrath (Author)
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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.13" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 1998
Publisher   Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN  0631208429  
EAN  9780631208426  

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This text introduces readers to the fascinating interaction of science and religion. It is specifically designed for students on science and religion courses who have little or no prior knowledge in either area.

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More About Alister E. McGrath

Alister E. McGrath ALISTER McGRATH is a fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and a senior member of the Oxford University Faculty of Theology and Religion. He is a consulting editor at Christianity Today and the author of numerous books, including the bestselling In the Beginning and The Journey. He lives in Oxford, England.

Alister E. McGrath currently resides in Oxford. Alister E. McGrath was born in 1953 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oxford, King's College, London, UK King's College London.

Alister E. McGrath has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 2009 Gifford Lectures
  2. Aedyn Chronicles
  3. Blackwell Manifestos (Paperback)
  4. Heart of Christian Faith
  5. Scientific Theology
  6. Study in the Foundation of Doctrinal Criticism

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Great textbook!!  Jul 17, 2007
Science & Religion: An Introduction, is a great comprehensive text that contrasts scientific models with religious ideology in order to help the reader understand the them in context. It explains Newton's, Galileo's and Copernicus' scientific contributions to the world and how these contributions influenced the religious community. The book also takes religious models, such as Creation and Cosmology and how these models influenced scientific thought of the time. This is a great book that you can read as a general information or if you have this text for a class than what a treat you have to learn the knowledge contain in this book. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in this subject.
Only read if necessary  Aug 29, 2006
This was a required reading for me in my science and religion class. Although there is some good information in here (and thankfully I had a good instructor) this book should not have been published as is. First off, as another person stated, there are FAR too many typos! Not only was this distracting, but I was highly offended that I had to pay upwards of a thousand dollars to take a class, buy, and read this book for higher education purposes when I, as an undergraduate, can write with less errors than the author. Secondly, I really cannot stress how much I personally despise pretentious authors. It's felt to me like this author refused to write in normal english; as if common language was somehow beneath them. I really envisioned this author sitting down with a thesauras and refusing to let themselves use a word more than once a page, and all in the name of sounding scholarly. Although my second point is highly arguable, I found this as distracting, if not more so, then the slew of grammatical and spelling errors.

All in all, I cannot reccommend this book to anyone unless it is a required reading, and if that's the case, ask your instructor to spare his next class of this atrocity. The only reason I gave it two stars was because it was a credible source and had very pertinent information; it's just too bad that the author did not take time to polish his work and make it a pleasurable read first.
Excellent - Top Notch Survey of the Issues of Science and Religion  Mar 11, 2006
Dr. McGrath is certainly one of the giants in the science and religion domain, and overwhelmingly qualified for the job holding doctorates in both divinity and molecular biophysics. In this work he presents the major controversies and opinions throughout the history of the science and religion debate clearly and concisely. This book is an absolute must as an introduction to further study in the ideas of science and religion.
Excellent introduction to the science/religion debate  Oct 22, 2004
Alister Mcgrath has the remarkable gift of taking complex ideas and putting them on the lower shelf for the novice to handle. Like his Studies in Doctrine, McGrath has done the same here in framing the debate between faith and scientific reasoning with accessible prose. This is particularly recommended for those who sense the conflict between science and religion within the popular culture but who know that the God of the Bible is the same as the God of Creation. Thankfully, McGrath presents the issues for the non-specialist with breadth and fairness. As a trained molecular biologist and historical theologian, McGrath is perfectly suited to present this material.

For the Christian, the central issue is the question of whether or not empirical, scientific data can ever justify a move away from a long-held, literal interpretation of the text. Copernicus and Galileo, far from suggesting that humanity was somehow no longer the center of God's attention in the universe, were instead showing that a more figurative or allegorical interpretation was required concerning geocentric biblical texts. Is God really telling us literally that the "sun rises" or is this simply divine accomodation to the limitations of authors in the biblical period who were not familiar with the insights of modern science?

McGrath's historical survey is the best part of the book. He covers every major issue including Newton's mechanistic universe, Descartes' mathematical idealism, Darwin's quest for biological uniformitarianism, and Michael Polyani's postmodern understanding of personal commitment in scientific endeavor. McGrath convincingly shows that philosophy is just as important to science as it is to theology. He also includes a helpful critical section of Lynn White's influential essay concerning Christianity's role in the modern ecological crisis.

McGrath offers a summary of various approaches to finding harmony between science and religion. For example, the complementarity we find between the paradoxical joining of the divine and human natures in Jesus Christ can give us insight into the paradoxical joining of wave theory and particle theory in explaining the characteristics of light.

McGrath finishes his work by examining some particular issues by detailing useful biographical material, from Charles Darwin to Thomas Torrance. Regarding Torrance, it is quite easy to tell that McGrath tends to follow Torrance's "critical realism" as providing the most adequate solution to the tension between science and religion (McGrath fully develops his own ideas in a separate three-volume series, "Nature", "Theory" and "Reality").

The only reason I can not give five stars to this book is because McGrath fails to provide adequate footnotes for the material he quotes. Thankfully, he does provide an excellent biography at the end of every chapter for further study, but it is really frustrating when you want to research a quote and you simply do not know where to look.

As an aside, the only other limitation is the McGrath does not really address any non-Christian religious perspectives. On the other hand, history shows that the science/religion debate has had the most impact on Christianity, so it is not surprising to be so focused on the Christian dilemma.
Good overview  Sep 17, 2001
Most books on science and religion are either anti-religion (wanting to throw out historic Christianity) or anti-science (wanting to throw out the evidence for evolution, the age of the earth and the universe, etc.).

This one is neither, and that's what makes it a good book. McGrath has a virtue that is somewhat uncommon among conservative religious writers, and that is his profound respect for people and opinions with which he disagrees. Thus, he gives a fair presentation of ideas other than his own.

I'm amused that another reviewer thought McGrath was too critical of fundamentalists. Other critics think McGrath *is* a fundamentalist!

But to clear the air a little, McGrath uses the word "fundamentalist" to describe, not merely conservative doctrines, but a particular sociology that involves eagerness to be separate from everyone with whom one disagrees even slightly. McGrath is conservative but not, in that sense, fundamentalist.


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