Monday 13 March: 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, CB1 1LG
Professor Alister McGrath, University of Oxford, considers the relation between the natural sciences and Christianity, including the idea that they offer different perspectives on our world and answer questions at different levels. Attention will be paid to the views of Albert Einstein, one of the most important advocates of a critical interaction of science and religion.
Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. After studying chemistry at Oxford University, specializing in quantum theory, McGrath did his doctoral work on molecular biophysics at Oxford under the supervision of Professor Sir George Radda. During this time, McGrath also held a Fellowship awarded by the European Molecular Biology Organization at the University of Utrecht. He then switched to the study of Christian theology. He holds an Oxford DD for his work in historical and systematic theology, and an Oxford DLitt for his work in the history and contemporary engagement of science and religion. He is one of the best-known theologians in the world, and has been a major participant in the debates about science and faith arising from the "New Atheism" of Richard Dawkins. His critique of Richard Dawkins became an international bestseller. His more recent work, Inventing the Universe: Why we can't stop talking about God, science and faith, was recognized as one of the best books on religion to be published in 2015 by Library Journal.