A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-02
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
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Are there viable pathways from nature to God? Natural theology is making a comeback, stimulated as much by scientific advance as by theological and philosophical reflection. There is a growing realization that the sciences raise questions that transcend their capacity to answer them┐above all, the question of the existence of God. So how can Christian theology relate to these new developments? In this landmark work, based on his 2009 Gifford lectures, Alister McGrath examines the apparent ┐fine-tuning┐ of the universe and its significance for natural theology. Exploring a wide range of physical and biological phenomena and drawing on the latest research in biochemistry and evolutionary biology, McGrath outlines our new understanding of the natural world and discusses its implications for traditional debates about the existence of God.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Yearning to Make Sense of Thingsp. 1
A Trinitarian Natural Theologyp. 9
The Crisis of Confidence in Modern Natural Theologyp. 11
Renewing the Vision for Natural Theologyp. 21
Challenges to a Renewed Natural Theologyp. 35
Natural Theology and the Explanation of Realityp. 51
The Dynamics of a Trinitarian Natural Theologyp. 61
Surprising Facts: Counterfactuals and Natural Theologyp. 83
Augustine of Hippo on Creation: A Theological Lensp. 95
Fine-Tuning: Observations and Interpretationsp. 109
In the Beginning: The Constants of the Universep. 111
Can These Bones Live? The Origins of Lifep. 127
The Matrix of Life: The Curious Chemistry of Waterp. 143
Chemical Catalysts and the Constraints of Evolutionp. 155
The Origins of Complexity: The Mechanism of Evolutionp. 167
The Outcomes of Evolution: The Directionality of Evolutionp. 183
An Emergent Creation and Natural Theologyp. 203
Conclusionp. 217
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 259
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