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Anglican belief and practice allows that God communicates through his Word as well as through the beauty of his works. The trick, of course, is to keep the two sources of communication in balance. Nowhere is this balance better struck than in the writings of the atheist-turned-Anglican-clergyman Alister McGrath. McGrath takes Scripture very seriously as an unshakable source of truth for belief. At the same time, McGrath recognizes that God also communicates through art and literature. McGrath draws on these two different sources to teach us more about God and about how to live in light of what he has communicated. McGrath also offers a thoroughgoing defense of God’s existence, again drawing not only evidence from Scripture but from the beauty of creation.

Illuminated by a series of fine art paintings, Alister McGrath’s new volume seeks to engage both the mind and the imagination as he explores why the Church set its faith and hope on the extraordinary, brilliant, and bold idea that Jesus Christ is God incarnate. Poetry, prayer, and theological reflection are interwoven with commentary on the ideas conveyed through works such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Ecce Ancilla Domini, Jacopo Bassano’s Miraculous Draught of Fishes, and Vincent Van Gogh’s Good Samaritan.

In the Logos edition, this valuable volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and 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

  • Invites the reader to think of God opening a window into his being, and a door into his presence through the doctrine of incarnation
  • Explores what led the church to set out its faith and hope in the idea that Jesus Christ is God incarnate
  • Provides inspirational works of art to enhance the discussion


  • Introduction
  • The Fulfillment of Prophecy
  • The Birth of the Savior
  • The Calling of the Disciples
  • The Teacher with Authority
  • The Friend of Sinners
  • The Way, the Truth and the Life
  • The Incarnation: God with Us
  • For Further Reading
  • Illustrations

Product Details

  • Title: Incarnation
  • Author: Alister McGrath
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Series: Truth and the Christian Imagination
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 87

About Alister McGrath

Alister E. McGrath is an historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A longtime professor at Oxford University, he now holds the chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity’s Dangerous Idea, In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England, and lectures regularly in the United States.

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