Revd. Professor Alister McGrath

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Revd. Professor Alister McGrath

Professorial Fellow

Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion

Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, the Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College. He engages in teaching (mainly at graduate level) and research in number of fields, especially science and religion and systematic theology. He also has research interests in other fields, including the life and thought of the well-known Oxford academic and writer C. S. Lewis.

Professor McGrath’s current research interests include:

  • Historical and conceptual issues relating to science and religion
  • Critical realism in science and theology
  • The application of biological models of evolution to cultural contexts, especially the development of Christian doctrine
  • C. S. Lewis on science and religion, especially his critiques of naturalism and scientism
  • The use of science in the “New Atheism”
  • “Two Cultures” issues, especially defending the value of humanities in a scientific culture.

Recent Books

S. Lewis – A Life. Reluctant Prophet, Eccentric Genius. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2013.

The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014; paperback edition to appeal in September 2016.

An Imagined Universe: Why we can’t stop talking about science, faith and God. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015.

Re-Imagining Nature: The Promise of Christian Natural Theology, to be published in late 2016 by Wiley-Blackwell.

Recent Articles

“Conflict or mutual enrichment? Why science and theology need to talk to each other.” Science and Christian Belief 27, no. 1 (2015): 3-16.

“C. S. Lewis: Defender of the Faith,” in Roger White, Judith Wolfe and Brendan N. Wolfe (eds), C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 5-14.

“Menneske og natur. Emil Brunners skabelsesteologiske engagement”. In Christine Svinth-Vaerge Pöder (ed.), Mellem Tiderne: Fem dialektiske Teologer. Frederiksberg: Forlaget Anis, 2015, 141-70.

“Hesitations about Special Divine Action: Reflections on Some Scientific, Cultural and Theological Concerns.” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7, no. 4 (2015): 3-22.