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Scientific Theology V1 : Nature Vol 1 - Alister E. McGrath

Scientific Theology V1

Nature Vol 1

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780567087911
Number Of Pages: 352

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New in paperback of the first volume of McGrath's groundbreaking three volume work of Systematic Theology, "A Scientific Theology". Written by one of world's best-known theologians, these volumes together represent the most extended and systematic exploration of the relation beween Christian theology and the natural sciences yet produced. Thoroughly ecumenical, this will be a significant work for Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and evangelical readers. The work is marked throughout by a sustained and critical engagment with the history and philosophy of the natural sciences, and a passionate commitment to the legitimacy of theology as an academic discipline.

"Nature" 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 moves on to deal at considerable length with the crucially important question of the status of nature, which ahs rearely been given the serious considertion that it deserves. Responding sympathetically to the growing consensus that "nature" is a socially mediated concept, McGrath sets out an approach to nature that establishes it as a theologically legitamate notion, and explores its positive and constructive role within a scientific theology.

McGrath's book attempts to identify and resolve some primary issues at the centre not only of the conversation between theology and the natural sciences but also of the Christian doctrine of creation. This bold and wide-ranging theolgical essay on nature and the knowledge of nature should provoke serious and sustained debate." John Webster "Professor McGrath explores a difficulty that follows from the widely held view that "nature," as with "culture," is a social construct. The prlgem is that there can then be no neutral concep of "nature" to servce as the basis of an autonomous and effective apologia. Taking his inspiration from Thomas Torrance's understanding of Karl Barth, he contends that there can be a defensible natural theology within the scope and framework of a revealed knowedge of god. Where "nature" is already read as a work of creation it takes on meanings that may be consonant with the affirmation of an order that is ultimately presupposed in the sciences. This is a serious arguement that commands attention." John Hedley Brooke "Professor McGrath explores a difficulty that follows from the widely held view that "nature," as with "culture," is a social construct. The prlgem is that there can then be no neutral concep of "nature" to servce as the basis of an autonomous and effective apologia. Taking his inspiration from Thomas Torrance's understanding of Karl Barth, he contends that there can be a defensible natural theology within the scope and framework of a revealed knowedge of god. Where "nature" is already read as a work of creation it takes on meanings that may be consonant with the affirmation of an order that is ultimately presupposed in the sciences. This is a serious arguement that commands attention." --Sanford Lakoff "McGrath's engagement with the notion of nature, from Aristotle to deconstructionism, is brilliant and illuminating...the conversation between theology and science has been enriched." Adonis Vidu, Emmanuel University, Orada, Romania, Heythrop Journal

Part One: Prolegomena..1. The Legitimacy of a Scientific Theology..2. The Approach to be Adopted....Part Two: Nature..1. The Construction of Nature..2. The Christian Doctrine of Creation..3. Implications of a Christian Doctrine of Creation..4. The Purpose and Place of Natural Theology....Moving On: Anticipating an Engagement with Reality....Bibliography..Index

ISBN: 9780567087911
ISBN-10: 0567087913
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1