The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology

The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology

Author(s): Alister E. McGrath

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405126922

Online ISBN: 9781444301205

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301205

About this Book

Natural theology, in the view of many, is in crisis. In this long-awaited book, Alister McGrath sets out a new vision for natural theology, re-establishing its legitimacy and utility.

  • A timely and innovative resource on natural theology: the exploration of knowledge of God as it is observed through nature
  • Written by internationally regarded theologian and author of numerous bestselling books, Alister McGrath
  • Develops an intellectually rigorous vision of natural theology as a point of convergence between the Christian faith, the arts and literature, and the natural sciences, opening up important possibilities for dialogue and cross-fertilization
  • Treats natural theology as a cultural phenomenon, broader than Christianity itself yet always possessing a distinctively Christian embodiment
  • Explores topics including beauty, goodness, truth, and the theological imagination; how investigating nature gives rise to both theological and scientific theories; the idea of a distinctively Christian approach to nature; and how natural theology can function as a bridge between Christianity and other faiths

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: The Human Quest for the Transcendent: The Context of Natural Theology

  2. Part II: The Foundations of Natural Theology: Ground- Clearing and Rediscovery

  3. Part III: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: An Agenda for a Renewed Natural Theology

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