The Renewal of Natural Theology: Academic Engagement and Church Outreach

Dr. Alister McGrath

The core idea of this project is to develop a Christian theology of nature. It redefines the concept of “natural theology” away from apologetics and re-deploys it as a robust and productive interface between Christianity and the natural sciences that can hold together religious and scientific truths. The project will be led by Dr. Alister McGrath, Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford University, who has an international reputation in this field. The goals of this project are to encourage greater and more productive intellectual interaction between Christian theologians and natural scientists, to help Christian churches engage with a scientific culture and build bridges between science and faith, and to help Christian churches develop a “spirituality of nature” which is scientifically informed and capable of encouraging a positive and productive appreciation of the natural world.