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Science and Theology

Science and Theology

by James K. Jr. Dew


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Alister McGrath's work on the relationship between Science and Theology makes the most notable contribution to the subject written by an evangelical in recent history. McGrath holds earned doctorates in both science and theology, and his three volume set, A Scientific Theology, is the culmination of three decades of his work on the subject. In this book, James K. Dew explores McGrath's contribution to the issue and highlights the benefits of adopting a critical realist perspective such as his own. In particular, Dew argues that McGrath's approach helps establish a unified theory of knowledge, and holds significant advantages for scientists and theologians alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608998555
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/14/2011
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James K. Dew Jr. teaches the History of Ideas and Christian Philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastors a church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The History of Dialogue in Theology and Science 1

2 Alister McGrath's Scientific Theology 43

3 Ambiguities Associated with McGrath's Scientific Theology 88

4 An Assessment of McGrath's Scientific Theolgoy 107

5 Final Assessment of McGrath's Scientific Theology 181

Bibliography 201

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"The relationship between science and theology has been tenuous for a very long time, and it has seemed to many that these two domains are forever irreconcilable. Fortunately, Alister McGrath has constructed an integrative theological method that is both faithful to the core doctrines of the Christian tradition and open to the latest insights of the natural sciences. In this well-crafted book, Jamie Dew provides an incisive overview and constructive analysis of McGrath's extraordinary work. It is a valuable read for anyone interested in the science/religion dialogue."

—Chad Meister

Professor of Philosophy

Bethel College

"Currently there are fruitful conversations going on between the practitioners of theology and science, and evangelicals are providing significant voices in the discussion. With his synopsis and assessment of Alister McGrath's 'scientific theology,' James Dew demonstrates why McGrath's paradigm of critical realism deserves serious consideration."

—Ken Keathley

Professor of Theology

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Alister McGrath is one of the most important evangelical theologians of the early twenty-first century. In Science and Theology, Jamie Dew provides a valuable assessment of McGrath's theological method and the potential McGrath sees for critical realism, grounded in a strong doctrine of Creation, to chart a positive future for healthy and productive dialogue between science and theology. Well written and clearly presented, this is a valuable work that makes a significant contribution."

—Daniel L. Akin


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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