Professor Alister McGrath

Professor of Science and Religion

Research Interests

  • historical and conceptual issues relating to science and religion
  • natural theology as a legitimate field of theological reflection, and as a framework for furthering the dialogue between science, religion, and literature
  • critical realism in science and theology
  • the theological utility of scientific philosophies of explanation
  • theological models of engagement with the natural sciences, especially those of T. F. Torrance and Emil Brunner
  • the application of biological models of evolution to cultural contexts, especially the development of Christian doctrine
  • C. S. Lewis on science and religion, especially his critiques of naturalism and scientism
  • the use of science in the “New Atheism”
  • “two cultures” issues, especially defending the value of humanities in a scientific culture


A Fine-Tuned Universe? The Quest for God in Science and Theology. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2009). The 2009 Gifford Lectures, University of Aberdeen.

Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). The 2009 Hulsean Lectures at the University of Cambridge.

“The Natural Sciences and Apologetics”, in Andrew Davison (ed.), Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition (London: SCM Press, 2011), 142-57.

“Biology in a Christian University,” in Oliver D. Crisp, Gavin D’Costa, Mervyn Davies, and Peter Hampson (eds), Christianity and the Disciplines: The Transformation of the University (London: T&T Clark, 2012), 56-70.

The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

“An Enhanced Vision of Rationality: C. S. Lewis on the Reasonableness of Christian Faith.” Theology 116 No. 6 (2013): 410-17.

“Evidence, Theory, and Interpretation: The “New Atheism” and the Philosophy of Science.” Midwest Studies in Philosophy 37 (2013): 179-89.

“The Doctrine of Creation: Some Theological Reflections,” in Jonathan Moo and Robin Routledge (eds), As Long as Earth Endures”: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Creation and the Environment. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014), 32-49.

“Five Questions”, in Gregg D. Caruso (ed.), Science and Religion: Five Questions (Copenhagen: Automatic Press, 2014), 129-35.

Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).