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The Science Of God: An Introduction To Scientific Theology [Paperback]

By Alister E. McGrath (Author)
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Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.02" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802828159  
EAN  9780802828156  

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This book is a clear, concise guide to Alister McGrath's groundbreaking three-volume work A Scientific Theology, today's most talked-about new approach to systematic theology. In those recently published and already acclaimed volumes, McGrath exploits the theological potential of the natural sciences as dialogue partners for Christian thought. The Science of God offers an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to engage in this new vision for theology. McGrath himself here summarizes his major project and sketches out its implications for many aspects of Christian doctrine. He then explores in an accessible manner all of the major themes of his three-volume work, including the legitimacy of a scientific theology, the purpose and place of natural theology, the foundations of theological realism, the failure of classic foundationalism, the nature of revelation, and the place of metaphysics in theology.

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More About Alister E. McGrath

Alister E. McGrath Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous popular theology textbooks, including Christian Theology, fourth edition and The Christian Theology Reader, third edition. Readers may wish to use this book in order to make the transition to these more challenging texts.

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 Brief Histories of Religion
  4. Blackwell Manifestos (Paperback)
  5. Heart of Christian Faith
  6. Scientific Theology
  7. Study in the Foundation of Doctrinal Criticism

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Unique, Brilliant, and Pivotal  Jul 12, 2007
This long book took some effort to read, but it is unique, brilliant, and pivotal. Its most important point, for me, was that there is no logical or scentific basis for choosing atheism over agnosticism. Atheism must, therefore, compete with other faiths on terms common to all.
This point has been made before, but hardly so well documented historically and argued intellectually.
Could be better  May 8, 2006
McGrath is his inimitable self in this book. He never fails to impress with his intellect, his global knowledge, his ability to explain, and his eloquence. On the other hand, I was surprised at the amount of repetition in the book. From time to time I thought I was having d?j? vue. I enjoyed the read for the most part, but some of the material could have been left out and his arguments would have seemed tighter. He evidently admires Thomas Torrance immensely, since he repeatedly mentioned his name, but I can't recall anything Torrance actually said.
His choice of the scientific method as ancilla theologiae is a good one for several reasons. First of all, as he says, it is the closest thing we have to an objective and culturally inert system of inquiry. Secondly, it goes far to disarm the religio/scientific conflict by making friends of enemies. Not that religion and science are enemies at all, but as Hamlet says, "thinking makes it so." Adopting the methods of the natural sciences also gives him a great advantage when navigating between the currents of modernism and postmodernism. It gives him a "third way."
This introductory version has wetted my appetite for the mother tome(s), but I wonder if his choice for a grid such as the natural sciences may not in the end prove to be as limiting in some ways as it is helpful. I get the feeling that he wants so much for the marriage of natural science and theology to work that the marriage bed may end up being the proverbial procrustean one.
Not a Landmark, but Worth Reading  Aug 20, 2005
Alister McGrath recently completed his three-volume work A SCIENTIFIC THEOLOGY (ST). The series focuses on the relationship to religion and science, particularly at the methodological level. Now Prof. McGrath has come out with THE SCIENCE OF GOD, a smaller work that summarizes the findings of his larger series.

I've reviewed ST so I won't go into great detail. If you are interested in ST, I would start with THE SCIENCE OF GOD. If you've read the full series, it's also worth reading. ST was long on case studies but short on argument, so reading SG helps you follow the thread of Prof. McGrath's arguments much better.

As I've mentioned in previous reviews, Prof. McGrath is always a pleasure to read, but the quality of his work suffers because he publishes so much. Even in this work, there is too much repetition. Within the space of thirteen pages we are introduced to T. F. Torrance's "landmark work THEOLOGICAL SCIENCE (1969), "1969 landmark work THEOLOGICAL SCIENCE," and "landmark 1969 work THEOLOGICAL SCIENCE."
Little New  Apr 21, 2005
McGrath presents many side issues in a pleasantly readable fashion but he dodges the biggest question of all, is there a God? He presents alll the same old dispoved arguments and tries to bring science to the defense of religion. He fails and all we get is a defense if the supernaturalistic.
A fresh and comprehensive approach to theology!  Feb 10, 2005
This is a short readable introduction to a series of three books
on a scientific approach to theology.

Considering the multi-levelled imprint
of God's revelation upon reality (as mentioned in the book) as
what one could observe in the way that a scientist would observe
the natural world (only)
and construct his/her theories, one could then
construct understandings/theories about God (doctrines, etc).
It would be interesting to apply the approach/system to
various doctrines, say the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is often considered to be
in the category of secondary doctrines in the sense that it
is something inferred/derived from narratives and various
passages of the bible rather than directly observed (via an
explicit statement in the bible, for example).
I am no expert theologian and yet I benefited from the views
presented in the book. The view of nature as God's creation
is very well put forward. What I get from it seems to
be a wholistic way of looking at the world (nature as well
as the history of God's revelation in the bible, in Christ's
coming, etc) and of reality - all as bearing the imprint of
God. The reality one experiences
is like God's communication to mankind
which then needs to be responded to, i.e.
observed, critically thought about,
and theories and doctrines constructed for. Great book!

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