The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Religion - 384 pages
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Natural theology, in the view of many, is in crisis. In this long-awaited book, Alister McGrath sets out a new vision for natural theology, re-establishing its legitimacy and utility.
  • A timely and innovative resource on natural theology: the exploration of knowledge of God as it is observed through nature
  • Written by internationally regarded theologian and author of numerous bestselling books, Alister McGrath
  • Develops an intellectually rigorous vision of natural theology as a point of convergence between the Christian faith, the arts and literature, and the natural sciences, opening up important possibilities for dialogue and cross-fertilization
  • Treats natural theology as a cultural phenomenon, broader than Christianity itself yet always possessing a distinctively Christian embodiment
  • Explores topics including beauty, goodness, truth, and the theological imagination; how investigating nature gives rise to both theological and scientific theories; the idea of a distinctively Christian approach to nature; and how natural theology can function as a bridge between Christianity and other faiths

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A fantastic exploration into the possibilities of a strong natural theology for the twenty-first century. McGrath brings his extensive knowledge in the sciences and theology to set forth a coherent ... Read full review


PARTI The Human Quest for the Transcendent
Discernment and the Psychology
The Foundations of Natural Theology
A Dead End? Enlightenment
A Christian Approach to Natural
An Agenda
Natural Theology and Beauty
Natural Theology and Goodness

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Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University and Gifford Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen for 2009. He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous best-selling titles.

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