Boyle Lecture 2014

wednesday 22nd january 2014 at 6.00pm

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lecturer: the revd dr alister mcgrath

‘New Atheism - New Apologetics: The Use of Science in Recent Christian Apologetic Writings’

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Alister McGrath is currently Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s College London and Head of its Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture.
He was previously Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford, and was also principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford until 2004. He also studied and taught at Cambridge University.

He holds priest's orders in the Church of England, and minsiters in a group of parishes in the Cotswolds.

After studying chemistry at Oxford, McGrath undertook scientific research under the supervision of Professor Sir George Radda, before going on to study Christian theology in depth. McGrath holds three earned doctorates from the University of Oxford: a DPhil awarded for research in Molecular Biophysics, a Doctorate of Divinity awarded for research in historical and systematic theology, and a Doctorate of Letters, awarded for research in science and religion. McGrath will return to Oxford to take up the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion and the Directorship of the Ian Ramsey Centre in April 2014.

McGrath is noted for his work in historical theology, systematic theology, and the relationship between science and religion, as well as his writings on apologetics. His most recent publications include his 2009 Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen, published as A Fine-Tuned Universe (2009), and his 2009-10 Hulsean Lectures at the University of Cambridge, published as Darwinism and the Divine (2011). He is also noted for more accessible writings in the field, particularly his textbooks.

His two most recent books are a highly acclaimed biography of C. S. Lewis, published in 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of his death, and a new study of the Swiss theologian Emil Brunner (2014), focussing on his relevance for the dialogue between science and religion.