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Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth  by Alister McGrath
Theology: The Basics  by Alister McGrath
Darkness Shall Fall (Aedyn Chronicles, The)  by Alister McGrath

Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?  by Alister McGrath
Christian Theology: An Introduction  by Alister McGrath
A Place for Truth: Leading Thinkers Explore Life's Hardest Questions  by Alister McGrath

The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind  by Alister McGrath
The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine  by Alister McGrath
Luther's Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther's Theological Breakthrough  by Alister McGrath

Mere Theology  by Alister McGrath
Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology  by Alister McGrath
Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, and How We Make Sense of Things  by Alister McGrath

Chosen Ones (Aedyn Chronicles, The)  by Alister McGrath
Flight of the Outcasts (Aedyn Chronicles, The)  by Alister McGrath
Science and Religion: A New Introduction  by Alister McGrath

A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology  by Alister McGrath
The Christian Vision of God (Truth and the Christian Imagination)  by Alister McGrath
Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution--A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First  by Alister McGrath

The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology  by Alister McGrath
Resurrection (Truth and Imagination)  by Alister McGrath
Theology: The Basics  by Alister McGrath

Theology: The Basic Readings  by Alister McGrath
Scientific Theology: Reality: Volume 2  by Alister McGrath
Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith  by Alister McGrath

The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology  by Alister McGrath
Redemption (Truth and Christian Imagination Series)  by Alister McGrath
T. F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography  by Alister McGrath

Christianity: An Introduction  by Alister McGrath
The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World  by Alister McGrath
Science of God  by Alister McGrath

Incarnation (Truth and the Christian Imagination)  by Alister McGrath
The Making of Modern German Christology: 1750-1990  by Alister McGrath
A Cloud of Witnesses: Ten Great Christian Thinkers  by Alister McGrath

Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification  by Alister McGrath
Creation (Truth and the Christian Imagination)  by Alister McGrath
Dawkins' GOD: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life  by Alister McGrath

Glimpsing the Face of God  by Alister McGrath
The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation  by Alister McGrath
The Reenchantment of Nature: The Denial of Religion and the Ecological Crisis  by Alister McGrath

Beyond the Quiet Time: Practical Evangelical Spirituality  by Alister McGrath
Scientific Theology: Theory (v. 3)  by Alister McGrath
A Brief History of Heaven (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)  by Alister McGrath

Knowing Christ  by Alister McGrath
What Was God Doing on the Cross?  by Alister McGrath
Self-Esteem: The Cross and Christian Confidence  by Alister McGrath

The Unknown God: Searching for Spiritual Fulfilment  by Alister McGrath
In the Beginning  by Alister McGrath
In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture  by Alister McGrath

The Future of Christianity (Blackwell Manifestos)  by Alister McGrath
Scientific Theology: Nature: Volume 1  by Alister McGrath
Proverbs (Crossway Classic Commentaries)  by Alister McGrath

Understand Your Bible from Adam to Zion  by Alister McGrath
The Journey: A Pilgrim in the Lands of the Spirit  by Alister McGrath
Reformation Thought: An Introduction  by Alister McGrath

Christian Spirituality: An Introduction  by Alister McGrath
A Passion for Truth: The Intellectual Coherence of Evangelicalism  by Alister McGrath

Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought  by Alister McGrath
J.I. Packer: A Biography  by Alister McGrath
Studies in Doctrine  by Alister McGrath

The Genesis of Doctrine: A Study in the Foundation of Doctrinal Criticism  by Alister McGrath
The NIV Bible Companion  by Alister McGrath
Explaining Your Faith  by Alister McGrath

Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World  by Alister McGrath
Evangelicalism & the Future of Christianity  by Alister McGrath
A Life of John Calvin: A Study in the Shaping of Western Culture  by Alister McGrath

Intellectuals Don't Need God and Other Modern Myths  by Alister McGrath
Understanding Doctrine  by Alister McGrath
The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion  by Alister McGrath

The Sunnier Side of Doubt  by Alister McGrath
Understanding the Trinity  by Alister McGrath
The Enigma of the Cross  by Alister McGrath

Understanding Jesus  by Alister McGrath

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Alister McGrath was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1953. He grew up in Downpatrick, Co. Down, where he attended Down High School. In September 1966 he became a pupil at the Methodist College, Belfast, majoring in pure and applied mathematics, physics and chemistry. He was elected to an open major scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford University, to study chemistry from October 1971, where his tutors included Jeremy R. Knowles and R. J. P. Williams. He gained first class honours in chemistry in June 1975, and began research in molecular biophysics in the Oxford University Department of Biochemistry under the supervision of Professor Sir George K. Radda, FRS, who is presently head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University.  He was elected to an E.P.A. Cephalosporin Research Studentship at Linacre College, Oxford, for the academic year 1975-6, and to a Domus Senior Scholarship at Merton College, Oxford, for the period 1976-8. He also spent three months as a European Molecular Biology Organization visiting fellow at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. During the years 1975-8, he carried out scientific research, leading to the publication of a number of peer-reviewed research articles, alongside studying for the Oxford University Final Honour School of Theology. In December 1977, he was awarded an Oxford D.Phil. for his research in the natural sciences, and he gained first class honours in Theology in June 1978. The interaction of Christian theology and the natural sciences has subsequently been a major theme of his research work, and is best seen in the three volumes of his Scientific Theology (2001-3).

McGrath then left Oxford to work at Cambridge University, having been elected to the Naden Studentship in Divinity at St John's College, Cambridge (1978-80). He also studied at the same time for ordination in the Church of England at Westcott House, Cambridge. In September 1980, he was ordained deacon, and began work as a curate at St Leonard's Parish Church, Wollaton, Nottingham, in the English east midlands. He was ordained priest at Southwell Minster in September 1981. In 1983, he was appointed lecturer in Christian doctrine and ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Oxford University Faculty of Theology. McGrath spent the fall semester of 1990 as the Ezra Squire Tipple Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at the Theological School, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. He gave the Bampton Lectures at Oxford University in 1990, in which he explored the factors which lead to the origins of doctrinal statements in Christianity.

McGrath was elected University Research Lecturer in Theology at Oxford University in 1993, and also served concurrently as research professor of theology at Regent College, Vancouver, from 1993-7. In 1995, he was elected Principal of Wycliffe Hall, and in 1999 was awarded a personal chair in theology at Oxford University, with the title of "Professor of Historical Theology". He earned an Oxford Doctorate of Divinity in 2001 for his research on historical and systematic theology. In September 2004, he resigned as Principal of Wycliffe Hall to become the first Director of the newly-established Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. In October 2006, he was elected to a Senior Research Fellowship at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, where he began directing a major new research project on natural theology, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, while also serving as President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005.

In September 2008, McGrath took up the newly-established Chair of Theology, Ministry and Education in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's College, London. He also serves as the academic leader of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture, and is involved both in theological research and the professional development of clergy from a range of Christian denominations.

As a former atheist, McGrath is respectful yet critical of the movement. In recent years, he has been especially interested in the emergence of "scientific atheism", and has researched the distinctive approach to atheist apologetics found in the writings of the Oxford zoologist and scientific populariser Richard Dawkins. He regularly engages in debate and dialogue with leading atheists, and has made a special study of the iconic role played by Charles Darwin in atheist apologetics, and the appeal to the controversial and problematic concept of the "meme" in recent atheist accounts of the origins of belief in God. He continues to contribute to the conversation begun by the "New Atheism" in 2006.

His main research interest at present is the area of thought traditionally known as "natural theology", which is experiencing significant renewal and revitalization at the moment. He addressed this theme in detail at his Richardson Lectures at the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne (2008), his Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen (February 2009), and his Hulsean Lectures at the University of Cambridge (October - November 2009). The Richardson Lectures were published as The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology (Blackwells). The Gifford Lectures were published in 2009 as A Fine Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology. The Hulsean Lectures were published in 2011 with the title Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology.

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