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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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?Unlike many working in the sciencetheology field, McGrath makes areal effort to address issues of biblical criticism, which giveshis work some significant depth, as he incorporates an engagementwith the Jesus of history and an application of this tocontemporary understandings of natural theology.? ( Reviews inScience and Religion, May 2009)

"I tried out his NT approach in a Bible study on one of the'miracles of creation' with a group of mainly young adults to seeif his stratified view of the natural world would 'prove' to bemore convincing in this context: it certainly helped." (Scienceand Christian Belief, April 2009)

• McGrath seeks to develop a specifically Christian approach tonatural theology, anchoring it in the Christ event, andinterpreting natural theology as something that is bothhistorically located in the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth andtheologically interpreted by the church.? (New TestamentAbstracts, January 2009)

'As we have come to expect from McGrath, the book ishistorically well-researched, conversant with recent literature,theologically creative, and carefully argued. It will certainlyreshape contemporary discussions of natural theology and naturallaw.? (Religious Studies Review, March 2009)

"McGrath's book starts from distinctively Christian Trinitariantheology and then develops what the author sees as ways forChristian beliefs to create a means of seeing nature with a newsense of vision-with the purpose of understanding the connectionsbetween Christian belief and natural science. It is extremelywell-researched and footnoted, with an extensive bibliography ofsources cited. Summing Up: Recommended." (CHOICE)

"The book is learned, covering a great deal of historicalground." (First Things)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405126915
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/9/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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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