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Alister McGrath

Alister Edgar McGrath (born 23 January 1953) is a British Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian and Christian apologist, currently Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at Kings College London and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture.

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In "The stalled intellectual case against God" you clai… — That's not me, that's Alister McGrath. You'd have to as…
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I liked a video Alister McGrath: Why I realised my atheism was a mistake // The Profile
Is God a figment of our imagination? Grantee Alister McGrath and Michael Shermer weigh in. Watch here:
From Alister McGrath. The Reformation is one of those great moments in history when a church paused and asked...
That’s Alister McGrath. I forget if it’s from The Dawkins Delusion or Surprised by Meaning. I think it’s the latter.
"Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish." - Alister E. McGrath
“Faith is not something that goes against the evidence; it goes beyond it.” – Alister McGrath
“There is no place for a faith that is so heavenly minded that it is no earthly use.” -Alister McGrath
“Within each of us exists the image of God, however disfigured and corrupted by sin it may presently be.” – Alister McGrath
Just back Alister McGrath lecture The Reformation at St Martins in the Fields. Superb! Excellent Q+A plus nice chance to chat afterwards.
TONIGHT - delivers the introductory talk in our Autumn Lecture Series. Starts 7pm.
TONIGHT, 25 Sept, 7 pm: first in Autumn Lecture series on the Reformation, with
"One of the reasons why the Reformation happened is that there was a rediscovery of the attractiveness of the gospel.". ~ Alister McGrath
"The Reformation": gives the first Autumn Lecture on Monday 25 September at 7:00 pm.…
This is the one I've seen people use most often for intro courses though I've not read it…
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Theologian + historian, delivers the first talk in our Autumn Lecture Series next Mon http…
Russell Brand meets Oxford Christian apologist Alister McGrath to ask: 'Is there any point in God?'
this is a good one! Mine: NT Wright, Alister McGrath, Colin Gunton, GK Beale, Kevin Vanhoozer
"Are we really living out the Christian life in the best possible way or do we need to rethink at a couple of points?" Dr. Alister McGrath
First lecture on science & religion and the new atheists delivered by Prof. Alister McGrath at Oxford.
Just heard Alister McGrath speaking on the New Atheism at Ian Ramsey Centre conference on A Post Secular Age.
Very expectation to heard Alister McGrath at Oxford.
"...religious beliefs need to be challenged..." Dr. Alister McGrath
Might checkout Alister McGrath's books which tend to be broad/ecumenical (pretty sure he's conservative Anglican).
“God takes those who know that they are nothing, in order to make them into something which they otherwise could not be.” -Alister McGrath
Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, Alister McGrath makes a case for…
"Grace is understood as the healer of human nature". Alister McGrath
On page 255 of 431 of C. S. Lewis, by Alister E. McGrath
Atheism, I began to realize, rested on a less-than-satisfactory evidential basis
By Gretta Vosper-type logic, the first incumbent should be William Lane Craig, or perhaps Alister McGrath:
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The examined life with Eric Metaxas, Peter Kreeft, Alister McGrath, and more...
Three top Oxford professors, Alister McGrath, John Lennox & Keith Ward, challenge the 'assault on
2/2 also Mosaic law is a foundation of our legal system, Gutenberg press. Check out In The Beginning by Alister McGrath.
New atheism is "stale, dull and incredible" says Oxford professor Alister McGrath
Healing Poems for Positive Love has a pretty good go. Need a proper publisher...
Looking at Jesus is different than looking through Jesus, just as looking at a telescope & looking through 1 r different. Alister Mcgrath
We want to send you a copy of Alister McGrath's THE BIG QUESTION!
Christianity. It doesn’t just make sense TO me; it makes sense OF me as well. Because by it, I see everything else. (Alister McGrath)
Engaging with the World - Dr Alister McGrath make a cuppa and take a listen!!
Had a bit of a nerd attack last night at Prof Alister McGrath's lecture
Prof. Alister McGrath has published a column this week with the Australian Broadcasting Company presenting some...
off the top of my head - C.S. Lewis' biography by Alister McGrath is my absolute favorite.
IRC 30th ANNIVERSARY - Alister McGrath, Why we can't stop talking about science, religion, and God
Former atheist Alister McGrath offers a new way of looking at the relationship between science and religion
Alister McGrath on Science and Religion... The topic that will not Die: via
lovely review. shame the reviewer didn't get the title: it's riffing off a Carl Sagan quote.
Inventing the Universe by Alister McGrath, book review
You can read a brilliant review of 's book INVENTING THE UNIVERSE on
If you are really looking for those answers, watch this, the answer are there
Feser ably has, as have others, e.g. Alister McGrath & John Lennox & D.B. Hart in the case of Dawkins. Q. Smith also.
Currently watching Alister McGrath on video. Currently discussing beauty and natural theology.
Live stream of Alister McGrath "Natural Theology: Seeing God's Fingerprints in Creation" 8:45 am (now)
Dawkins' God : Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life by Alister E. McGrath...
4 of 5 stars to C. S. Lewis by Alister E. McGrath
Richard Dawkins Debates Alister McGrath: via Dawkins' eloquent answer to "why the anger?" is Christ-like ..
Alister McGrath on the circular reasoning of atheism.
Theology allows us to envision a new way of seeing things. Alister McGrath
Theology is like a map of the landscape. Alister McGrath
Apologetics aims to convert believers into thinkers, and thinkers into believers. Alister McGrath
Years ago I met you at a C.S. Lewis Institute seminar with my friend, Alister McGrath. I would like to contact you again.
Surely it is not just impossible but unthinkable to read the accounts of the suffering of Jesus Christ without being moved ~ Alister McGrath
Looking forward to visit of Alister McGrath to Mgs: 'Warfare or Mutual Enrichment? Reflections on Science and Faith'
"...but if you have giftings or desires...you should give it a try. It is risky, but as Alister McGrath...
"In culture moral values are manipulated by interest groups" Alister McGrath referencing Antonio Gramsci in debate v Hitchens
atheistadvocate@ Atheism, Science, and God With John Lennox, Alister McGrath and Keith Ward: via
1hr left to book to hear Alister McGrath tonight in London - The John Stott London Lecture 2014: ”Double Listening”
Atheism, Science and God (2 of 2) w/ John Lennox, Alister McGrath and Keith Ward
are there any events in London with WLC, John Lennox or Alister Mcgrath speaking this summer that your aware of?
Right now my favorite 5 modern theologians are Wayne Grudem, N.T. Wright, Alister McGrath, Michael Bird, and Richard Bauckham
Worth a watch - Philosophy, Science and the God Debate (Part 1) - Alister McGrath, Keith Ward and John Lennox
I guess I'm liking Kevin Vanhoozer, Tim Keller, John Lennox and Alister McGrath right now.
Okay here's the religious reading list: (Bible First of course) Everything You Always Wanted To Know About God But Were Afraid to Ask by Eric Metaxas Mere Christianity by CS Lewis The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis (John Cleese reads this on YouTube) The Reason for God by Timothy Keller Jesus Rediscovered by Malcolm Muggeridge Simply Christian by N. T. Wright Surprised by Hope by NT Wright Christianity's Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath and a little fiction, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Great novels list next.
Summerside eNews Happy Friday, Summerside Church! DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IS THIS SUNDAY! We're SPRINGING FORWARD! (So hopefully the weather takes a hint, too!) KAIROS Cookies and Projects are due this Sunday. Please bring in any contributions for the KAIROS retreat this Sunday. If you are unable to bring your contribution this Sunday, you may turn in any cookies, posters, or placemats by Wednesday - to the Church Office. TEXAS ROADHOUSE DINE OUT EVENT for March! Mark your calendars! This month's dine out event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26th from 4-10pm at Texas Roadhouse in Milford. Vouchers are available in this week's bulletin. LENTEN BIBLE STUDY begins Thursday, March 20th @ 6:30pm. Register at the Welcome Desk. The study will be using I Believe by Alister McGrath. If you'd like to order your book through the Church Office, please email or call Chelsea as soon as possible. Cost is $12. SOUP KITCHEN MISSION OPPORTUNITY: Daryll Rouse and Karen Randall are leading a team from SUMC to serve regularl ...
Ravi Zacharias and Alister McGrath answer a question about the fate of those who never saw or heard of Jesus. The meeting took place at Oxford University. Th...
Here is my annual top 10 books read for 2013: Past lists: 2012 - - - David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell - Not his best book but still outstanding. The chapters on schools are great. 9. It's Personal: Surviving and Thriving on the Journey of Church Planting, by Brian Bloye - I read a lot about church planting this year, for obvious reasons. This book was not a technical manual (I read plenty of those) but was still really helpful. Bloye honestly talks about his experience and encourages us whom God has called to this insane work. 8. C.S. Lewis: A Life, by Alister McGrath - Great bio of one of my heroes. Very helpful for understanding Lewis through his published work. 7. A Brief History of Thought, by Luc Ferry - An atheist writes about philosophy in the most honest way I have come across. Very depressing but also very illuminating and learned. 6. Dangerous Calling, by Paul Tripp - Another great work from The 'Stache. I need to re-read this every year. Is there anyone better than Tripp at making the gos ...
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Articles Your Should Read, Part 2: Paul Copan, “God, Naturalism, and the Foundations of Morality,” in The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue, ed. Robert Stewart. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008). The 64,000 foot view: 1) Objective morals are properly basic, indeed, inescapable. Despite our flawed judgments, there are certain moral truths we can’t not know without suppressing our deepest intuitions. We’ve got a built-in yuck factor. 2) Naturalism provides a poor context for explaining objective moral values. True, a naturalistic moral realist (i.e., a non-theist who affirms objective moral rules, but denies God as their source) can certainly recognize moral truths, but grounding them is another matter. How did objective moral truths and morally responsible persons arise from a valueless universe? Naturalism undermines objective ethics despite attempts to root it in science. 3) Evolutionary accounts of morality fail to engage our deepest intuitions. Theism, meanwhil ...
Unfortunately Dawkins tends to mostly debate easy opponents... Alister McGrath & John Lennox are the only exceptions that come to mind
Alister McGrath comments upon "The Embarassing Intolerance of Atheism" and the dark legacy that included Robespierre, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Kim Jong-Il. The confident secularist predictions of the demise of religion are things of the past. So if religion will not lie down and die of its own accord, can it be eliminated by other means? Yes, it can -- provided the norms of civilization are totally disregarded. For the only alternative is the eradication of religion by force. The forcible suppression of religion is one of the most troubling aspects of atheism -- especially to those of a postmodern inclination, for whom tolerance is the supreme social and personal virtue. Modern Western society prizes tolerance and has limited patience with those who demand the elimination of beliefs -- or, even worse, believers. Those who speak of elimination of religion -- for example, by comparing it to a malignant infection that must be eradicated -- often fail to ask, let alone explain, how this explanation ...
This is an older article but quite interesting anyway. Science, 'frauds' trigger a decline in atheism By Uwe Siemon-Netto UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL GURAT, France -- Godlessness is in trouble, according to a growing consensus among philosophers, intellectuals and scholars. "Atheism as a theoretical position is in decline worldwide," Munich theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg said in an interview. His Oxford colleague Alister McGrath agrees. Atheism's "future seems increasingly to lie in the private beliefs of individuals rather than in the great public domain it once regarded as its habitat," Mr. McGrath wrote in the U.S. magazine, Christianity Today. Two developments are plaguing atheism these days. One is that it appears to be losing its scientific underpinnings. The other is the historical experience of hundreds of millions of people worldwide that atheists are in no position to claim the moral high ground. British philosopher Anthony Flew, once as hard-nosed a humanist as any, has turned his back on atheis ...
C.S. Lewis A confirmed atheist when he was 15, C.S. Lewis came around to believing in God when he was 31."I knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England," he wrote in his autobiography, "Surprised by Joy."Soon he embraced Christianity.A lecturer at English universities, Lewis became a superstar author by explaining his faith and weaving it creatively into novels. Books including "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters," "That Hideous Strength" and the series "The Chronicles of Narnia" have sold a total of 200 million copies, but he wasn't always popular. "Lewis was on the wrong side of the cultural watershed in the 1960s, and many commentators believed that his decline into obscurity was just a matter of time," wrote Alister McGrath in a new biography, "C.S. Lewis: A Life.""They didn't anticipate his resurrection." Lewis (1898-1963) grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His mother was the daughter of a Church of Ireland priest, his father a lawyer.Young ...
Anyone have any suggestions for books for Kindle? What have you enjoyed? I like a wide variety so no genre is out of consideration (well, within reason). I'm currently reading Sanctus by Simon Toyne (Dan Brown-esque pure escapism if a little predictable), Mere Theology by Alister McGrath, Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (finally reading after a lifetime on 'to read' list!). I don't concentrate on one thing too well, wandering mind! Thinking of jumping into the Artemis Fowl kids series by Eoin Colfer too, read first one years back, was great! Suggestions?
Now, I’m interested to see how Alister McGrath debates.
Apologetics isn't just a science, it's an art. - Alister McGrath (paraphrase)
REQUEST: Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics... by Alister E. McGrath -
Events need to be supplemented with interpretation. - Alister McGrath
Found Alister McGrath inspiring today, wish he spoke more during the Q&A session
If u enjoyed u may want to join us on 02/06 (Alister McGrath/Liam Thatcher) & 16/06 (Michael Ramsden)
If you think Ray Comfort, Ken Ham, Eric Hovind, William Lane Craig or Alister McGrath are intellectuals, you're stupid and don't know it.
Christianity tells a story and that story makes sense of all the other stories we tell - Alister McGrath quoting C S Lewis
See the full line-up of free summer lectures here - featuring Alister McGrath, Mark Noll, Lynn Cohick & many others!
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Sadly Alister McGrath has no plans to write a novel :(
Alister McGrath - "Christianity tells a story that changes stories." Lewis and story
Little bit starstruck at being in the same room as Alister McGrath
Great opening address by Alister McGrath. If that doesn't get you excited by apologetics - nothing will.
'Christianity is not just true, it works.' Alister McGrath. HT
Christianity is rich, robust and compelling...tell your story Alister McGrath
'Joy, meaning and purpose - what our culture needs to hear from Christians' Alister McGrath beginning opening address
I'm at apologetics conference at the Brewery in London. Alister McGrath on why our culture needs to hear from Christians
At the conference. Looking forward to hearing Alister McGrath and Amy Orr-Ewing
Trying seeing it this way - an indispensable piece by Alister McGrath on imagination in the apologetics of C.S. Lewis
Apologetic and Evangelistic Preaching lectures at Tyndale University College with Alister McGrath, Joe Boot and...
Alister McGrath speaks on the Life and Impact of C.S. Lewis. Free lecture on June 5.
Alister McGrath: "Lewis recognised the importance of keeping 'in the broad highway of thought', writing for a broad readership..."
‘“THANK you, Lord, for Alister McGrath” read the full review of 'Faith and the Creeds' in this weeks
If you're too busy to spend time with God, you're busier than God ever meant you to be. - Alister McGrath
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True peace is not an absence of problems; it is the ability to trust God in their midst. ~Alister McGrath
True worship isn't improved by whipping up emotions or turning up the music; it's enhanced & authenticated by theology (Alister McGrath) 2/2
"Both reason and science are severely limited in what they can prove, ..." Alister McGrath
Listening to Unbelievable? (Alister McGrath on the life of CS Lewis - 26 April 2013)
In the end, the doctrine of the Trinity represents our admission that we cannot tame God to fit our tidy little systems. - Alister McGrath
Faith and the prison of mere rationality Alister McGrath
Welcome to the official website of Dr. Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and ...
The Christian experience is that of being caught safely by a loving and living God, whose arms await us we leap. - Alister McGrath
First in a new series of book reviews: Alister McGrath's history of the King James Bible, "In the Beginning"
his exposure to Lewis's work. CS Lewis by Alister McGrath: review - Telegraph
English historian and theologian Alister McGrath has written a new biography of C.S. Lewis. Of course, many readers remember
Doctrine is our effort to articulate what He has made known. Alister McGrath
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Why evangelism & apologetics is like sharing bread. Alister McGrath on my latest blog
To whet your appetite for Sunday 2 June check out Prof. Alister McGrath's 2007 debate with Christopher Hitchens
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5 of 5 stars to The Dawkins Delusion? by Alister E. McGrath
you will also have to explain why scientist Alister McGrath, John Lennox, and Hugh Ross are Christians.
A bonus to this doc is to get to hear Alister McGrath commentary & Liam Neeson narration, he has more than one set of skills.
My review of C S Lewis biography by Alister McGrath is in the Sunday Telegraph today. Check it out to discover a surprising fact...
Dr. Doug Kennard's new book is out! Congratulations! Kennard, Douglas W. A Critical Realist’s Theological Method: Returning the Bible and Biblical Theology to be the Framer for Theology and Science. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers 2013. Summary: A Critical Realist’s Theological Method explores a systematic theology method grounded in critical realism in the wake of Alister McGrath, Imre Lakatos, Nancey Murphy, N. T. Wright, and Dale Allison. Kennard surveys philosophical and traditional theological approaches for contributions and limitations in order to set out a method for theology and science. Kennard extends this method to a Thiselton-Ricoeur hermeneutic that can fund insightful exegesis and Biblical theology in the wake of Ladd, Dunn, Vos, and Goldingay. This Biblical theology method is illustrated by wisdom literature, the traditional reef of the discipline and then developed for the contributions toward systematic theology as Gabler had originally envisioned. With contextualized Scripture sou ...
So, I used to think that my least favorite Christian apologist was William Lane Craig. Then I came across Alister McGrath...
Study apologetics w/ Ravi Zacharias & Alister McGrath this June at the RZIM Summer Institute
Published alongside Alister McGrath, Richard Rohr, and Brian McLaren... good company to keep :-)
A PRACTICAL MAN'S PROOF OF GOD In the second decade of the twenty-first century, there has been a growing aggressive campaign by atheists to destroy religion. Much of what atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, and the like say is absolutely true. The problem with their attacks have been that the attacks are leveled against man-made religions of various kinds, and there is no question but that religious wars, intolerance, and persecution have plagued mankind throughout the centuries. Atheism does not have a better track record, and books by people like Alister McGrath, Paul Chamberlain, and others have effectively responded to much of the twenty-first century attacks on faith leveled by the atheist community. For most of us, this philosophical/theological debate may be of passing interest, but on a practical level the question of whether one person can make a better sounding philosophical position than another does not have much of an effect on what we believe. This booklet is written ...
Two great defenders of two opposing worldviews in conversation (Richard Dawkins dialogues with Alister McGrath)
In trying to disparage 'faith', Dawkins and his allies constantly confuse 'evidence' with 'proof'; those of us who believe in God do so without proof but not without evidence. As the Oxford theologian (and biophysicist) Alister McGrath has observed: "Our beliefs may be shown to be justifiable, witho...
I once heard the noted atheist, Richard Dawkins, pose this question and statement to a noted Christian apologist, Alister McGrath: (paraphrased) "If God exists, why does he allow the suffering that happens when young children die? Surely such suffering is proof that there is no God." An answer: God provides comfort, and is present in the outpouring of support for those families that comes from His followers. Last night, the two-month-old son of a young couple died when his heart suddenly stopped. Over the last ~15-20 hours, the friends and family of that couple have grieved with them and provided their emotional support. In addition, they have raised over $7600 for that family, and the money is still flowing in from all corners. God has never promised that His children will not suffer on this Earth; in fact, He has assured us that we will all experience suffering (Matthew 5:45). However, He has also promised comfort and rest to those who seek Him and follow Him (Matthew 11:28-30).
Richard Dawkins reflects over the negative impacts of religion in a conversation with Alister McGrath. Thanks to Dogmaticcure for the original upload. Subscr...
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- On Oct. 31 -- the 495th anniversary of the Reformation -- Dr. Alister McGrath, a professor at King's College, London, called on confessional Lutherans around the world to continue to "unpack, interpret and translate" the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther in the contemporary ...
The role of Reason as a source of Theology - from Alister McGrath's 'Christian Theology'.
The subject of atheism has been much in the news recently with the highly publicized release of radically atheistic books. This helpful book highlights points of agreement and disagreement between Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett on the topic of the present status of atheism and which worldview...
A great turnout at Westminster Abbey to hear Alister McGrath lecture on Faith and Secularism. Not a bad little venue either!
Alister McGrath speaking at Westminster Abbey tonight about Faith & Secularism
Opening statement from Hitchens, taken from his 2007 debate with Alister McGrath. The full debate is available here - Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for
Poison or Cure - Religious Belief in the Modern World Christopher Hitchens debates Oxford University professor Alister McGrath on October 11, 2007.
Speakers not all left/liberal. Alister McGrath has spoken in past, Tom Wright this year. Evangelical statesmen.
This is a brief excerpt from his debate with Alister Mcgrath. RIP Hitch. Full debate: Copyright Disclaimer Under S...
Excerpt from the 2007 Christopher Hitchens vs Alister Mcgrath debate. Full debate available here -
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