The Big Question Why We Canít Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God

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  • Copyright: 11/3/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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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

Author Biography

ALISTER MCGRATH is a scholar in the interaction of theology and the sciences and currently holds the post of Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, the world's most prestigious academic position dedicated to the exploration of the relation of science and faith. McGrath is author of many books on theology and religion, including The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine. He lives in Oxford, UK.

Table of Contents

1.From Wonder to Understanding: Beginning a Journey
2.Stories, Pictures and Maps: Making Sense of Things
3.Theory, Evidence and Proof: How Do We Know What Is True?
4.Inventing the Universe: Our Strange World
5.Darwin and Evolution: New Questions for Science and Faith
6.Souls: On Being Human
7.The Quest for Meaning and the Limits of Science
8.An Empirical Ethics? Science and Morality
9.Science and Faith: Making Sense of the World - Making Sense of Life
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