Christianity Today article reports on Alister McGrath’s lecture at Baylor University. McGrath holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. A prolific author who holds three doctoral degrees in both science, theology, and intellectual history all from Oxford University, McGrath has explored and explained the relationship between science and religion (and has the credentials to do so expertly).
A taste of the article:
Atheism is in decline and will be trumped by faith, the professor of science and religion at the University of Oxford has said.
Professor Alister McGrath made his predictions during the annual Parchman Lectures at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, the Baptist Standard reports. The academic, who has degrees in molecular biology, theology and intellectual history, spoke on “why faith makes sense: exploring the rationality of Christianity.”
McGrath said he was an atheist as a young man, but faith makes greater sense of reality and transcends reason, which is insufficient for understanding the world.
“New Atheism ridicules the ‘irrationality of faith,'” said McGrath, who has debated New Atheist icons such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. “But it’s in decline, because it’s stale, dull and incredible. It provides unsatisfactory answers to ultimate questions. People want to know more.”
His most recent book, The Big Question: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith, and God is now available. Amazon describes it:
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
Here is a lecture McGrath did on “The Bankruptcy of Scientific Atheism”:
A much shorter clip of McGrath: