The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology / Edition 1

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Overview

Provocative and immensely well informed, The Order of Things represents a substantial and original contribution to the fields of systematic theology, historical theology, and the science and religion dialogue. Leading theologian, Alister E. McGrath explores how the working methods and assumptions of the natural sciences can be used to inform and stimulate systematic theology.

  • Written by one of today's best-known Christian writers
  • Explores how the working methods and assumptions of the natural sciences can be used to inform and stimulate systematic theology
  • Continues McGrath’s acclaimed exploration of scientific theology, begun with his groundbreaking three-volume work, A Scientific Theology
  • Includes a landmark extended analysis of whether doctrinal development can be explained using Darwinian evolutionary models, and exploration of how the transition from a “scientific theology” to a future “scientific dogmatics” might be made
  • Supported by a published review of McGrath’s scientific theology project, which is currently the best brief introduction to his thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405125550
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. He earned his D.Phil. from Oxford for research in molecular biophysics, and his D.D. for research in historical and systematic theology. He is the author of numerous bestselling textbooks and also the acclaimed Scientific Theology trilogy: Nature, Reality, and Theory (2001-3).

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Table of Contents

1 Alister McGrath's scientific theology 1
2 Is a "scientific theology" intellectual nonsense? : engaging with Richard Dawkins 21
3 A university sermon : on natural theology 54
4 Towards the restatement and renewal of a natural theology : a dialogue with the classic English tradition 63
5 Stratification : levels of reality and the limits of reductionism 97
6 The evolution of doctrine? : a critical examination of the theological validity of biological models of doctrinal development 117
7 Assimilation in the development of doctrine : the theological significance of Jean Piaget 169
8 A working paper : the ordering of the world in a scientific theology 183
9 A working paper : iterative procedures and closure in systematic theology 194
10 The church as the starting point for a scientific dogmatics 204
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