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2011 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Alister McGrath, one of the most prominent theologians and public intellectuals of our day, explains how Christian thinking can and must have a positive role in shaping, nourishing and safeguarding the Christian vision of reality. With this in our grasp, we have the capacity for robust intellectual and cultural engagement, confide2011 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Alister McGrath, one of the most prominent theologians and public intellectuals of our day, explains how Christian thinking can and must have a positive role in shaping, nourishing and safeguarding the Christian vision of reality. With this in our grasp, we have the capacity for robust intellectual and cultural engagement, confidently entering the public sphere of ideas where atheism, postmodernism and science come into play. This book explores how the great tradition of Christian theological reflection enriches faith. It deepens our appreciation of the gospel's ability to engage with the complexities of the natural world on the one hand and human experience on the other....

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  • Bob
    2018-11-04 09:50

    Alister McGrath holds a doctorate from Oxford and is an atheist convert to Christian faith. This book is an attempt by McGrath to demonstrate both the value to the Christian of an engagement with Christian theology and to directly engage the critique of Christianity advanced by the new atheism.In the first section of his book, McGrath contends that rigorous theological reflection liberates us from the confines of our own narrow spiritual perspectives by engaging us in a conversation with the greatest minds of two millenia. He illustrates this with the theological poetry of George Herbert and the reflections of Martin Luther and C.S. Lewis on suffering and God's embrace of this in the cross of Christ. He shows how a deeply Christian mind is one opened up to the study of the natural world and how theology aids our engagement in the defense of the faith known as apologetics.The second section begins with a discussion of the relationship of Christian faith and science. He shows how there can in fact be a consilience between these two and that reports of warfare are greatly exaggerated. He even goes back to Augustine who warned against treating our interpretations of the Bible with regard to the natural world as infallible when our observations of that world raise challenges to these interpretations. He then engages the arguments of the new atheists that religion poisons everything--showing that it is not just religious people who poison things, but rather ALL people--all of us are capable of great good and great evil and that Christian faith in fact recognizes this. This, he sees as in fact a weakness of the new atheism, which claims the superiority of an enlightened atheism, ignoring the evil done in the name of enlightened reason from the French Revolution on to Stalin, Mao, and Hitler.All in all, a useful rejoinder to Dennett, Dawkins, and Hitchens or those who have been exposed to their critiques.

  • James Korsmo
    2018-11-06 15:59

    I loved this book. Alister McGrath is one of the most distinguished scholars in the evangelical world. He spent 25 years teaching historical and systematic theology at Oxford University and is now head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture at King's College, London. He also holds Doctorates from Oxford in both historical theology and molecular biophysics. And he has also written broadly at both an academic and more popular level, focusing especially on historical theology, the interplay of science and theology, and most recently of a Christian response to the New Atheism of Richard Dawkins and others. This all means he is ideally placed to comment in this present book on the importance of theological thinking and the importance of careful consciousness of the traditions of the past as living voices for the church today. The first half of the book is a series of investigations into the sources and methods of theology and an application of these methods to a couple of important theological questions--the role of ambiguity in faith, a Christian understanding of nature, and the role of apologetics and its relation to theology. The second half of the book is a series of essays engaging with important issues in our current culture from a historically oriented theological perspective. These essays focus on two main issues, the proper relation between science and theology and the (closely related) possibility of a robust Christian response to the new athiesm of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens. And it is here that this book especially shines. McGrath's readable and lucid descriptions of how science and theology may be fruitfully related are outstanding and point in far more fruitful directions than are often assumed to be possible when the relationship is thought to be one of conflict instead of "reasonance" as McGrath describes it.This book is a series of lectures given in 2008-9. This gives them a timely feel, as he addresses contemporary issues, and it also give the book a nice conversational and approachable tone. But, unlike many volumes of lectures, these have been been carefully reworked so they cohere nicely and smoothly and are well-annotated with relevant citations. This book demonstrates again McGrath's amazingly wide reading across historical and contemporary theology, philosophy, the natural sciences, sociology and literature, though he wears this learning lightly. His prose is always clear, and he makes his points efficiently. In all, I really loved this book. It was enjoyable to read and reinvigorated my passion for theology, even as it presented helpful directions for cultural engagement in our postmodern and post-Christian world.

  • Jared Totten
    2018-11-17 13:09

    The intellect and "discipleship of the mind" does not always top the list of dominant Christian characteristics in the eyes of the general public, especially those more antagonistic to our views (like the new atheists). So who better to write on the role of the mind in the life of the Christian than a former atheist? And there is perhaps no one on that list better suited than Alister McGrath to write such a book.And The Passionate Intellect is that book—for the most part. The first two chapters are as solid a treatment on the Christian mind as I have read and they alone merit picking up the book. Other high points include a chapter on the relationship between theology and apologetics and between faith and science.While the first half of the book focuses on the life of the Christian mind in general, the second half is a sort of case study on how Alister McGrath himself has applied these principles in his areas of expertise. The final five chapters deal with such themes as the natural sciences, evolution and the New Atheism.The key weakness of this book lies in the fact that each of its eleven chapters are based on previously unpublished lectures and addresses given over the last three years. This naturally lends some of the chapters to be more timely than timeless. It also keeps the book from having a cohesive flow at times from chapter to chapter. And the book ends on a bit of an odd note with a chapter called "Atheism and the Enlightenment: Reflections on the Intellectual Roots of the New Atheism" rather than a summary and conclusion.All in all, this book makes a solid case for the Christian intellect and gives us solid modern-day application for some of the biggest challenges currently being thrown our way.

  • Nathan
    2018-10-24 16:09

    This was a pretty good book. I'm not really a fan of these books on Christian faith in post-modern times. I keep seeing these books in Christian bookstores and it's giving me the impression that the Christian institution (note, institution; not Christianity itself) in certain regions of the world is beginning to collapse. Books like these and the closures of local churches, etc. I think are ample evidence. The message of Jesus and Paul have a kind of timeless urgency to them, but I think the actual institution of certain forms of the Christian Religion have had their day. Christianity is places like Brazil and the Philippines are far from going anywhere, anytime soon. They have seemed to tap into a form of lived-experience that you just don't really see in a lot of regions of North America. In the Philippines, Christianity is most alive in the family and the community; in Brazil, it's a radical - even revolutionary - form of factical life. They have appropriated it into something active. It's no longer social imposition and puritanism, which was an invariable part of its downfall in North America, because it led to so much resistance. Although, the material conditions of North America are also very different - and the level of development plays a role, I think, in the receptivity of doctrine. Lastly, I don't care too much about the religion vs. science debate. Although McGrath does put forth some nice positions. That's just my own bias though, and not so much a problem with McGrath.Also, this is a very fast read. I read it in probably 2 hours, total time. A very clear and accessible book.

  • Christopher Ray
    2018-11-20 11:48

    Alister McGrath is, arguably, one of the keenest intellectuals in Western Christianity today. A former atheist, he is internationally recognized as a historian, biochemist, and theologian, and is the Chair of Theology, Ministry and Education at Kings College in London. In his 2010 book, The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, McGrath encourages his readers to appreciate the power of Christian theology to engender “a deeper appreciation of the capacity of the gospel to engage with the complexities of the natural world on one hand and the human experience on the other,” while recognizing and respecting the inherent limits to theological inquiry.[1]The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind is actually a compilation of several lectures given by Dr. McGrath, then edited and updated based on feedback he’d received. This is important to know, or else one may feel that the book lacks a cohesion. Part 1 (Chapters 1-6) encourages thoughtful contemplation of theology, while Part 2 (Chapters 7-11) puts theological reflection into practice by engaging two particular, interrelated, issues important in the increasingly secular climate of the 21st century – “science vs. religion” and “the new atheism.”SUMMARYIn the Part 1, the author takes his readers on a journey of theological reflection, emphasizing first the importance of theological reflection as we seek to relate more and more to our Creator (Chapters 1-2). In Chapter 3, God is revealed as “the great alchemist,” as McGrath utilizes the poetry of George Herbert to prompt contemplation of God’s magnificent power to transform what was once “base metal” into gold. The fourth chapter offers a theology of suffering and bewilderment. Utilizing Martin Luther’s theology of the Cross, he reminds the reader that the life of faith is one in which one “recognizes the essential darkness in which faith finds itself.”[2] Chapter 5 views the natural world through the lens of faith as nature, rightly interpreted, points “beyond itself to the divine.”[3] The final chapter of Part 1 relates theology and apologetics, reminding the reader that one must both reflect theologically on the richness of the gospel, and reflect culturally in order to find effective methods of communicating the gospel, in order to engage in effective evangelism.Part 2 begins with an analysis of whether or not there is actually a natural opposition of the natural sciences to faith. In this section, McGrath’s personal interest in the subject makes the reading that much better. In Chapter 7, he argues that the supposed conflict is really due to scientific atheists’ 1) incorporating metaphysics into their science, 2) being doggedly pragmatic, and failing to properly understand the Christian notion of God.[4] “The scientific method,” he states, “is no enemy of faith,” but scientific culture must be engaged “positively but critically.”[5] Chapter 8 contains a recounting of Darwin’s scientific journey with a precision that is usually lacking in the conversations of Christians where, rather than painting the scientist as the enemy of all that is good and true, McGrath praises Darwin’s scientific integrity and posits that he was not the atheistic dogmatist that the likes of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens might make him out to be. “Darwin was aware,” McGrath notes, “that his scientific explanation lacked the logical rigor of mathematical proofs and that any theoretical account of what was observed would always be provisional.”[6] The ninth chapter brings the evolution/creation/age-of-the-earth debate into focus by engaging the thoughts of St. Augustine on the matter. Augustine’s exegesis of Scripture, while accounting for the changing landscape of scientific knowledge, is presented well and, for some, will be a first introduction to Christian thought that does not accord with the six-day fiat creation model espoused by many Western Christian laymen. However, McGrath asserts, “Augustine’s approach to creation is neither liberal nor accomodationist, but it is deeply biblical, both in its substance and intentions.”[7]In Chapter 10, the question, “Is religion intrinsically evil?,” is answered. At this point, McGrath turns his focus on the purveyors of the “new atheism” movement – particularly Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. The idea that religion causes all of the ills of the world is examined, as McGrath focuses on the Enlightenment background of atheism. He then discusses some historical examples which, he contends, are ignored by the “new atheists,” and shows that atheism‘s record of violence and oppression is not as pristine as their utopic rhetoric would imply. In his final chapter, the author looks deeper at the roots of the “new atheism,” and critiques their node of argumentation on historical and philosophical grounds, giving his readers an excellent primer for intellectual engagement of this worldview.CONCLUSIONThose familiar with Alister McGrath are apt to see him as an astute scientist, historian and theologian. For those who are not, The Passionate Intellect is sure to convince them of such. In its early chapters, the book takes the reader on a fantastic journey of theological contemplation. The latter chapters bring the reader into a fascinating world of intellectual engagement. While the intellectual rigor of some of the chapters may prove daunting for some, the whole of the book is an excellent primer for theological and cultural engagement for those who have the appetite.[1] Alister McGrath, The Passionate Intellect (Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2010), 12.[2] Ibid., 64.[3] Ibid., 81.[4] Ibid., 109-115.[5] Ibid., 118.[6] Ibid., 129.[7] Ibid., 145.

  • Chris Griffith
    2018-11-19 14:07

    Atheism is a bankrupt and intellectually dishonest worldview. So explains Christian apologist/theologian, British intellectual, former chemist and all around critical thinker Alister MacGrath. Actually, according to McGrath, 21st century Atheism, espoused by such proponents as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris is nothing more than a vain attempt to move intelligent thought back into a very narrow and truncated version of the 19th century age of the Enlightenment.McGrath's book, subtitled The Christian Faith and Discipleship of the Mind, calls for Christians to be passionately engaged with the world God created, intellectually as well as imaginatively.I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book which dealt with the Christian imagination. McGrath does a wonderful job of showing how George Herbert interacted with Christian doctrine through poetry and encourages Christians to find similar ways to engage the culture through creativity.In the second half of the book McGrath interacts with Charles Darwin and his famous book Origins, exploring some of the faulty conclusions of evolutionary theory. McGrath also engages with some leading atheists of our day and their erroneous "god of the gaps" theories. He also talks about his own journey of faith which began as an atheist at Oxford University in Great Britain as he kept running into road blocks trying to understand the world through "naturalistic" eyes.My favorite quote of the book came from Voltaire of all people: "Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother."McGrath's book is a very accessible introduction to Christian apologetics and theology for thoughtful people who want to be honest about their presuppositions. It is also a passionate call for Christians to use the brains, gifts and talents God has given them, not just to process things rationally but to be engage with God and Christian doctrine through the imagination as well. McGrath joins a long list of authors and Christian thinkers who are encouraging Christians to have a fully-integrated biblical worldview which would include the arts, science, government and philosophy, etc. In other words a fully-orbed Christian/biblical worldview. I highly recommend this book as a welcome addition to that conversation.

  • ChristaAnne
    2018-11-07 13:58

    I found this book to be very thought provoking, but I actually appreciated the first half more than the second half. I think this had to do with my expectations. I expected the book to be about Christian intellect and thinking and even though he discussed his outline in the introduction when I arrived at the second half the focus threw me off a little.I cruised through the first half and couldn’t get enough of it, but I found the most delight in the chapter on Herbert’s poem, The Elixir. Loved these quotes: “Theology is an activity of the imagination as much as of reason, in which we seek to transcend the boundaries of the given, pressing upward, outward and forward.”“The habits of thinking underlying the mature Christian engagement with reality are thus acquired for God, rather than from innate human intelligence or experience. These habits of thought then lead from reflection on the world to action within the world.” “Theology makes possible a new way of seeing things, throwing open the shutters on a world that cannot be known. experienced or encountered through human wisdom and strength alone. Christian doctrine offers us a subject worth studying in its own right; yet its supreme importance lies in its capacity to allow us to pass through its prism and behold our world in a new way.”It took me a while to adjust to the gear shift of Part 2. However, the further I read the more enjoyable it became. I did enjoy the tidbits about McGrath own life and how he came to faith. And I actually really enjoyed the chapter on Darwin. The chapters on Darwin and on Augustine were both very thought provoking and challenged some of my thinking. I thought the chapter Does Religion Poison Everything was his weakest chapter. I would have preferred he approach this in the way Doug Wilson does in his debate with Christopher Hitchens in the video Collision (also in the book Is Christianity Good for the World: A Debate by Hitchens and Wilson which I have not read). I think there are times when we as Christians often pick up the sword when we shouldn’t, but I also think there are many times we retreat when we are called to fight.

  • Bret James Stewart
    2018-11-01 12:54

    Alister McGrath’s book, The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, is a great book for thinking Christians. I thought it would be about the role of the Holy Spirit regarding divine inspiration, and this is mentioned, but the volume actually addresses Christian intellectual thought, especially as it pertains to apologetics, the interplay and relationship between religion and science, and the refutation of the so-called “new atheism.”The book is well-done, physically. The version I have is hardcover, which I vastly prefer to softcover. The cover art is attractive, and the book is laid out in an easy to understand manner including subheadings. An introduction is provided. The author uses end notes that are sometimes annotated. There is also an index, which is a wonderful help. In this vein, McGrath also uses titles that provide insight into the subject matter. I noticed no typos. Part One of the book deals with the role of Christian Theology. McGrath argues that theology is important and should result in action on the part of Christians in that theology should inform and impact their lifestyles. He coins the term “Mere Theology,” an obvious play on C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity,” promoting the everyman, day to day approach to applicable theology.Part Two is a collection of essays engaging with our current culture. In this section, McGrath deals with the natural sciences, Darwinism, evolution, and the new atheism. The latter is really a misnomer, as the author points out, as it is based upon the old ideas of atheism rehashed into the contemporary culture. Thus, it is “new” only in the sense that it is modern. Before reading this book, I had never heard the term.McGrath has done a good job of covering these issues in broad brush strokes. It is a wonderful primer, but those wanting a more in-depth treatment will need to move on to other writings. I imagine this book would be helpful for students in some sort of survey class or anyone wanting an overview of the topics. Highly recommended.

  • Alice
    2018-11-07 11:05

    The Passionate Intellect is divided into two distinct sections. Part 1 is a really beautifully written and argued explanation of the role of theology in the Christian faith. Each chapter is a different picture of how theology impacts your world. The chapter on theology and apologetics was particularly helpful. I appreciated how the chapter on the cross gave a real example of how a person of faith necessarily struggles through theology and its meaning in this world. I think this is realistic and a helpful picture of the life of the mind.I think I've always struggled with how to handle theology. Is it the only way to know God? And why is it so hard sometimes to understand or motivate myself to study it. What does that mean about my faith? I think that I've heard often from others a perspective that theology is about what is right and wrong and this shapes their learning (and makes some really annoyingly arrogant and inflexible towards the richness of a life of the mind). This simplistic view of theology really has always boiled down to guilt trips about not reading and studying more. But McGrath's view of a passionate intellect is more than, you should read more, but presents a really mature view of the life of the mind. McGrath challenges people of faith to a relationship with theology, or what he calls the discipleship of the mind, the passionate intellect. I would recommend this book to most students. The part 2 was interesting, but I didn't like it nearly as much as the first part. The second half was a thoughtful and passionate evaluation of New Atheism, which I think is really well portrayed in the popular television drama, BONES.

  • Ted Rohe
    2018-11-08 17:10

    McGrath surveys the Christian Intellectual landscape along with the intellectual landscape in general to evaluate the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is a bit disjointed due to it being based on McGrath's lectures. While this is fascinating because it reveals some keen insight on a wide variety of subjects, it is very broad. Moreover, like many lectures it doesn't tie up loose ends with neat conclusions, but challenges the reader to either dig deeper in McGrath's writing or to wrestle with the question and subject yourself. McGrath makes some great insights as to Christian apologetics, theology, science versus religion, and the new atheism. I think my biggest complaint is McGrath's approach to the issue of science in dealing with the theory of evolution and religion. Like many theistic evolutionists they make a claim that those theologians should not question science and scientists should not question theology (page 114). McGrath does not honestly look at the fact that theology and the Bible does touch on scientific issues and that science as a result touches on Biblical or theological issues. There is an overlap that many Christian Theistic Evolutionists refuse to concede.

  • Kathryn Bashaar
    2018-11-05 16:54

    In this book, Rev. McGrath concedes that the beliefs of the Christian faith can't be proven in the sense that scientific facts can be proven, and argues that they don't have to be. The questions of how the universe came to be and what is its purpose, he argues, are in a realm that falls into a separate category from what can be proven. We only need to demonstrate that our beliefs are consonant with what we do know and that our Christian worldview is a reasonable working hypothesis. This is the same conclusion I've come to in recent years. Overall, McGrath's arguments are good. He's weak in a few places, though. I'll give just one example. Although he sees no serious contradiction between Darwin's theory of evolution and Christian faith, he claims that Darwinism isn't scientifically provable in the sense that it cannot predict results. It is true, of course, that Darwinism cannot predict future evolutionary patterns. But it is, in fact, predictive in the sense that it can predict what will be found in the fossil record to fill gaps, and it has repeatedly done so with great accuracy. (See my review of the book Why Evolution is True, which I read a year or so ago).

  • Dan Hummel
    2018-10-28 10:06

    Like other reviewers have noted, the first half of this book is better than the second. In McGrath's opening chapters we are treated to some excellent insights into orthodox theology. The contrast of Luther and Lewis on reason and faith is one excellent example. The second half feels more like a polemic as McGrath sets his sights on the "new atheists" Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. When the book goes into the trenches of the atheism vs. theism debate McGrath, frankly, becomes less interesting. Still, the chapter on Augustine's views of creation is illuminating. Also, Dawkins' et al glorification of the pre-Kantian Enlightenment is an interesting attack, though it doesn't need to be dwelt on for that long. Overall I get the sense that McGrath wants to be done with the new atheists and address the real threat to orthodox Christianity: postmodernism. I'm interested enough in his ideas to see what he has so say on this topic. I will probably not pick up his more popular books debating Dawkins.

  • Roger Morris
    2018-10-31 17:00

    This book was released in UK/Australia under the titled "Mere Theology" (2010).This is, without a doubt, one of the most compelling books I have read in some time - maybe ever. It is clear, concise, readable, cogent and well-researched (it is hard not to get distracted by the novel-sized collection of footnote sources!). It is simply compulsory reading for all thinking Christians and a book every Christian should place in the hand of their local village atheist to totally rock their world and pull the smug rug from beneath their over-confident trust in contemporary secular humanism and the new atheism. Words are inadequate to describe the existential joy this book provoked in me from front to back. Well done Prof McGrath! Buy this book!!

  • Carol
    2018-10-25 10:57

    Alister McGrath, one of the most prominent theologians and public intellectuals of our day, explains how Christian thinking can and must have a positive role in shaping, nourishing and safeguarding the Christian vision of reality. With this in our grasp, we have the capacity for robust intellectual and cultural engagement, confidently entering the public sphere of ideas where atheism, postmodernism and science come into play. This book explores how the great tradition of Christian theological reflection enriches faith. It deepens our appreciation of the gospel's ability to engage with the complexities of the natural world on the one hand and human experience on the other. Amazon review. I got more out of the last few chapters.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-02 09:00

    Great collection of stand alone essays that address Christian belief in the age of new atheism. Such a strong scientific and philosophical mind writing clearly and accessibly. So many lovely take-always regarding how we don't need to buy into the idea that belief is childish and we must put it aside as we become smart and non-superstitious. Instead the Christian perspective is one that does a good job of explaining the world we live in--what any scientific explanation is also to do. However, McGrath is also clear in his warning to Christians that we shouldn't get sucked into competing with materialist scientists that we can "prove" our beliefs using their methods.

  • bookme4life
    2018-10-25 09:47

    3.5 STARSThis is a good introductory book on the importance of the mind in both apologetics and structuring a worldview -- and even at that, it's probably not helpful to those completely new to this sort of reading. The nature of this book meant that I had to keep reminding myself of the fact every time I got irritated that McGrath didn't go as deep as I wanted, or would make a statement that wasn't really well supported. Happily there are great notes available at the end with lots of info on where to read more. Hopefully I will find fleshed out answers to some of my questions in those.

  • Eric
    2018-11-12 12:52

    Not bad. There were some good essays on the relationship of faith/theology and science, specifically to the New Atheism. The book is a collection of essays and occasional talks and I think that this shows in the lack of a sustained argument to tie the chapters together. In fact the sub tittle is sort of misleading. It could accurately describe the contents of the book as an example of a disciplined christian mind but there was very little overt discussion or development of this subject. The essays are all well written and there are several quite honest chapters in their depiction of the authors own faith journey.

  • Leroy Seat
    2018-11-18 08:52

    This is a book I have found helpful as I have just begun writing a book on the Christian faith and intellectual honesty.McGrath refers to his book as a “manifesto for the reasonableness of faith” (p. 10).Then in the first chapter he writes, “The defense of the intellectual credibility of Christianity as become increasingly important in recent years, not least on account of the rise of the new atheism” (p. 21). So, “we need theology to give a comprehensive, critical account of faith” (p. 23). This is the type of think I want to do in my new book.

  • Jamie Pennington
    2018-10-30 14:57

    The book does make you stop and think every once in a while which I suppose is a good thing. I really enjoyed Chapter 4 on The Cross, Suffering and Theological Bewilderment. Excellent stuff but the rest of the book was not as good. Still overall a good read.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-27 10:00

    McGrath gives a decent survey of current day theology. He discusses what issues are currently being discussed in religious and atheist circles. Not quite what I expected. At points it feels more like an argument for Christianity than an exploration of Christianity.

  • Per
    2018-10-30 10:49

    Excellent exploration of different areas of the christian worldview, such as the role of theology, the role of reason, mystery and affections in the christian life, the relation between science and christianity, plus a devastating critique of The New Atheism. Would recommend to pretty much anybody.

  • Dan Lacich
    2018-11-07 11:16

    Amazingly easy read from a very prolific writer and scholar. Anyone who is serious about their faith in Christ and understanding the intellectual challenges to Christianity would do well to read this.

  • Adrian Lewis
    2018-10-26 10:16

    A valuable contribution from Alister McGrath in thinking through a distinctively Christian approach to integrating one's faith with academic study and reasoning, although as it is a collection of his lectures and talks it is a little disjointed from chapter to chapter at times.

  • Jen H.
    2018-11-04 14:48

    Excellent book for someone, like myself, who wishes to understand the inadequacies of the New Atheism movement.Thank you, Dr. McGrath! Highly recommended!

  • Joshua
    2018-10-22 12:51

    I don't recommend reading this book! The first half is good, but the second half is full of foolish mans thinking in particular theistic evolutionism.

  • Bryan Neuschwander
    2018-10-27 11:06

    Thoughtful collection of essays.

  • Daniel
    2018-11-16 16:59

    Bleh. Not at all what I was expecting. The book is a hodge-podge of collected previously unpublished lectures.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-12 09:54

    Almost gave this 5 stars. Very readable for a book that deals in deeply intellectual and philosophical matters. Thankful for McGrath, a Christian philosopher, and a bold one indeed.

  • Chris
    2018-10-21 16:50

    I love Alistair McGrath's passion about Christ, and it shines through in this stimulating book.