Excited to have Dr. Alister McGrath on the podcast. He is a public intellectual, a scholar of science and religion, a prolific author, and the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University.
In the conversation we discuss:
- the relationship of religion and science
- Alister’s own testimony of faith
- Dawkins’ fluffy and boring atheism
- evolutionary accounts of religious origins
- the role of wonder for the intellectual quest
- the human quest for meaning
- the religious instinct
- the relationship between empirical and meaningful accounts. – value and meaning
- the cultural internalization of Descartes, Hume, and friends
- how one’s faith is shaped by others
- the nature of the theological task and its relationship to the community of faith
- how the ‘New Athiest’ movement changed the public conversation about religion
- McGrath’s on-going relationship with CS Lewis and Einstien
- McGrath’s advice on being a better atheist
- what is human nature?
Books by McGrath
Born to Wonder: Exploring Our Deepest Questions–Why Are We Here and Why Does It Matter?
- A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God
- Narrative Apologetics: Sharing the Relevance, Joy, and Wonder of the Christian Faith
- Richard Dawkins, C.S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life
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