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A Scientific Theology, Volume 1: Nature
Alister E. McGrath

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Format: Hardcover , 325pp.
ISBN: 0802839258
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: December 2001

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This groundbreaking three-volume work by one of the world's best-known theologians is the most extended and systematic exploration of the relation between theology and science ever undertaken. Drawing on both his firsthand experience of scientific research and his vast knowledge of the Christian tradition, Alister McGrath explores how the natural sciences can be used by the Christian faith.

This first volume sets out a vision for a "scientific theology" in which the working assumptions of the natural sciences are critically appropriated as a theological resource. It then deals at length with the important status of nature, a concept that has rarely been given the serious consideration it deserves. Responding to the view that the term "nature" is merely a social construct, McGrath gives the concept a proper grounding in the Christian doctrine of creation, exploring in the process the use of natural theology in contemporary Christian thought.

A Scientific Theology is certain to become one of the most controversial and exciting theological publications of the decade.

 

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Alister E. McGrath is professor of historical theology at Oxford University, principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and director of the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity. He is the author of more than forty books, including In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture.

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Prefacexi
Part OnePROLEGOMENA
1.The Legitimacy of a Scientific Theology3
Science as the ancilla theologiae7
The Ontological Imperative for Theological Dialogue with the Natural Sciences20
The Meanings of 'Science'25
The Fragmentation of Intellectual Discourse26
2.The Approach to be Adopted35
The Problem of Transient Theological Trends36
The Provisionality of Scientific Conclusions45
Engaging with Christian Theology, Not 'Religions'50
The Sciences as a Stimulus to Theological Reflection60
The Essentialist Fallacy64
The Limitations of Controlling Paradigms70
A Realist Perspective71
Part TwoNATURE
3.The Construction of Nature81
The Many Faces of Nature82
The History of the Concept of Nature88
Images of Nature102
The Deconstruction of Nature110
The Phenomenon of Naturalism124
4.The Christian Doctrine of Creation135
Towards a Christian View of Nature: M. B. Foster138
The Biblical Concept of Creation141
Creation ex nihilo: The Development of a Doctrine159
Christian Formulations of the Doctrine of Creation166
An Emphasis on Creation: A Deist Strategy?181
5.Implications of a Christian Doctrine of Creation193
The Rendering of God in Creation193
Created Rationality and the Possibility of Theological Reflection196
The Ordering of Creation218
The Beauty of Creation232
6.The Purpose and Place of Natural Theology241
The Historical Origins of Modern Natural Theology241
'Nature' and Natural Theology249
The Biblical Foundations of a Natural Theology257
The Philosophical Debate over Natural Theology264
The Barthian Objection to Natural Theology: An Evaluation267
Thomas F. Torrance on Natural Theology279
The Implications of Sin for a Natural Theology286
The Place of Natural Theology within a Scientific Theology294
Moving On: Anticipating an Engagement with Reality307
Bibliography309
Index321


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