The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology / Edition 1

The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology / Edition 1

by Alister E. McGrath
     
 

Natural theology, in the view of many, is in crisis. In his long-awaited book, Alister McGrath sets out a new vision for natural theology, re-establishing its legitimacy and utility. Meeting traditional criticisms head-on, McGrath develops an intellectually rigorous vision of natural theology as a point of convergence between the Christian faith, the arts and

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Overview

Natural theology, in the view of many, is in crisis. In his long-awaited book, Alister McGrath sets out a new vision for natural theology, re-establishing its legitimacy and utility. Meeting traditional criticisms head-on, 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, cross-fertilization, and enrichment. Natural theology, he argues, is about seeing nature in a Christian manner, and hence discerning its truth, beauty, and goodness.

This major book is certain to be a fundamental resource and stimulus for the growing interest in reclaiming a viable natural theology in the early twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405126915
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/09/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Human Quest for the Transcendent: The Context for Natural Theology

2 The Persistence of the Transcendent

3 Thinking About the Transcendent: Three Recent Examples

4 Accessing the Transcendent: Strategies and Practices

5 Discernment and the Psychology of Perception

Pt. II The Foundations of Natural Theology: Ground-Clearing and Rediscovery

6 The Open Secret: The Ambiguity of Nature

7 A Dead End? Enlightenment Approaches to Natural Theology

8 A Christian Approach to Natural Theology

Pt. III Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: An agenda for a Renewed Natural Theology

9 Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Expanding the Vision for Natural Theology

10 Natural Theology and Truth

11 Natural Theology and Beauty

12 Natural Theology and Goodness

13 Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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