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Enriching Our Vision of Reality
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Enriching Our Vision of Reality

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Gathering Interest

Overview

In this exceptional volume, Alister McGrath writes for scientists with an interest in theology, and Christians and theologians who are aware of the importance of the natural sciences. A scene-setting chapter explores the importance of the human quest for intelligibility. The focus then moves to three leading figures who have stimulated discussion about the relationship between science and theology in recent years: Charles Coulson, an Oxford professor of theoretical chemistry who was also a prominent Methodist lay preacher; Thomas F. Torrance, perhaps the finest British theologian of the twentieth century; and John Polkinghorne, a theoretical physicist, theologian and Anglican priest.

The latter part of the book features six parallel ‘conversations’ between science and theology, which lay the groundwork for the kind of enriched vision of reality the author hopes to encourage. Here, we are inspired to enjoy individual aspects of nature while seeking to interpret them in the light of deeper revelations about our gloriously strange universe.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Explores the relationship between Christian theology and the natural sciences
  • Examines three people important in the discussion of science and theology
  • Discusses six parallels between science and theology and their relationship

Contents

  • Part 1: Setting the Scene
    • Intelligibility and coherence: the Christian vision of reality
  • Part 2: Science and Theology: Three Practitioners
    • Charles A. Coulson
    • Thomas F. Torrance
    • John Polkinghorne
  • Part 3: Theology and Science: Some Parallel Conversations
    • Theories and Doctrines: Ways of Seeing Reality
    • The Legitimacy of Faith: Proof, Justification and Intelligibility
    • Analogies, Models and Mystery: Representing a Complex Reality
    • Religious and Scientific Faith: The Case of Charles Darwin
    • Human Identity: Scientific and Theological Perspectives
    • Natural Theology: the Interface of Science and Theology

Product Details

  • Title: Enriching Our Vision of Reality
  • Author: Alister McGrath
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 215
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Science

About Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, holds the chair in Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s College London. He was previously professor of historical theology at Oxford University and director of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics.

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