The Big Question

The Big Question

Why We Can't Stop Talking About Science, Faith, and God

Book - 2015
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Richard Dawkins's groundbreaking book The God Delusion created an explosion of interest in the relation of science and faith. This often troubled relationship between science and religion was seemingly damaged by the rise of the New Atheism, which insisted that science had essentially disproved not just God but also the value of religion. There is increasing skepticism towards its often glib and superficial answers; and the big questions about faith, God and science haven't gone away--in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever.

Alister McGrath's The Big Question is an accessible, engaging account of how science relates to faith, exploring how the working methods and assumptions of the natural sciences can be theologically useful. McGrath uses stories and analogies, as well as personal accounts, in order to help readers understand the scientific and theological points he makes, and grasp their deeper significance. An extremely accomplished scientist and scholar, McGrath criticizes the evangelism of the New Atheists and paves a logical well-argued road to the compatibility between science and faith.

Some of his main discussion points include:
1. There is much more convergence between science and faith than is usually appreciated
2. How the three great models of scientific explanation can be adapted to religious belief
3. Belief in God provides a 'big picture' of reality, making sense of science's successes

Publisher: New York, NY :, St. Martins Press,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250077929
Branch Call Number: 201.65 MC
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 03, 2017

Hitchens vs. McGrath, Georgetown University, October 2011
Transcripts from Christopher Hitchens' debates, discussions, and interviews with theists
“Alister McGrath Exposed!”
by IRONATHEIST IN EXPOSING EVANGELISTS, posted January 28, 2014, at The Buy-Bull Journal
“Alister McGrath’s Journey from Atheism to Christianity: a Critique”
by Bob Seidensticker, posted May 9, 2016, at patheos
“The Alister McGrath Delusion”
posted January 26, January 2007, at skeptico – Critical thinking for an irrational world


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