Alister McGrath - The Great Mystery - Hodder & Stoughton

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781473634343
    • Publication date:04 May 2017

The Great Mystery

Science, God and the Human Quest for Meaning

By Alister McGrath

  • Paperback
  • £10.99

An exploration of human identity from both scientific and religious perspectives, from bestselling author and Andreas Idreos Professor of Science & Religion at Oxford University, Alister McGrath.

There is currently huge interest in the question of human nature and identity, and what the human future might look like. Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future? Are we alone? And what can religion bring, alongside biology and anthropology, to these important and exciting questions?

The Great Mystery focuses on this fascinating field of study. Alister McGrath, bestselling author and Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, explores the question of human nature from both scientific and religious perspectives, and weaves together the results to open up and explore some of the deepest and most important questions about who we are, why we matter, and what our future might be.

A follow-up to his critically acclaimed Inventing the Universe, in The Great Mystery Alister McGrath once again brings together science with religion to yield an enriched vision of reality, along with rigorous and thoroughly up-to-date scholarship and intellectual accessibility.

Biographical Notes

Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while also engaging in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion and his acclaimed C. S. Lewis - A Life.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781473634336
  • Publication date: 03 May 2018
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
There can hardly be a more prolific theological writer in the English-speaking world than Alister McGrath. — Conor McOonough
This is a book characterised by a deep sense of humility before the mystery of life and the limitations of human knowledge. It is also one that is generously open to the views of those with whom he disagrees. At the same time he shows, often with a telling example, how Christianity not only gives us a glimpse of the bigger picture, but offers a framework of meaning enabling us to cope with our journey from birth to death . Whilst Drawing on his vast learning in both science and philosophy Alister McGrath still manages to convey his argument with great clarity and accessibility. It is a book that will challenge all dogmatists, whether scientific or religious, and which will greatly encourage those who are tentative and searching. — Lord Harries of Pentregarth
In this personal, scholarly yet gripping account of the human search for meaning, Alister McGrath reveals this eirenic question to be as vital in our own times as in previous ages. In the spirit of Chesterton, Thoreau and C S Lewis, and in dialogue with Augustine, Pico, Murdoch, and his neighbourhood nemesis Dawkins, McGrath takes his breathless readers first to a high balcony-view of the science, religion and philosophy of purpose, but then leads us back down to the road where we must make our own journeys, the richer for our reading. — Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University and Chair of the Royal Society’s education committee
The book comes alive in the third and final part that deals with the future and humanity's struggle with the conflict of good and evil in its nature... a worthwhile book. — Methodist Recorder
Alister McGrath in The Great Mystery asks the questions (with his usual rigour and clarity) that philosophers tend to avoid these days: 'What is the point of life?' and 'What is wrong with us?' He, too, is concerned to explore the meaning that lies behind the facts in a world drowning in information from the sciences, calling for a fundamental rethinking of who we are. — Church Times
Hodder Paperbacks

The End of Time

Gavin Extence
Authors:
Gavin Extence
Hodder & Stoughton

A Theory of Everything (that Matters)

Alister McGrath
Authors:
Alister McGrath

On 29th May 1919, British astronomers tested Einstein's theory of relativity by measuring the path of the stars travelling near the sun during an eclipse. On 7th November 1919, the results of that experiment were announced in London, proving Einstein's theory of relativity. A Theory of Everything (that Matters) has been written in celebration of this 100th anniversary. With the confirmation of Einstein's theories at the beginning of the twentieth century, our understanding of the universe became much more complex. What does this mean for religious belief, and specifically Christianity? Does it mean, as so many people assume, the death of God? In A Theory of Everything (that Matters) Alister McGrath - Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University - explores these questions, giving an overview of Einstein's thought and scientific theories, including his nuanced thinking on the difference between the scientific enterprise and beliefs outside its realm. This groundbreaking book is for anyone intrigued by Einstein as one of the twentieth century's most iconic figures, who wants to know what his theories mean for religion, and who is interested in the conversation between science and religions more broadly.

Hodder & Stoughton

Songs My Grandma Sang

Bishop Michael B. Curry
Authors:
Bishop Michael B. Curry

In a conversation about his teaching and preaching style, Michael Curry noted with a laugh that hymns and songs of faith were always a part of the mix. "I learned what I believed in the songs I heard my family - especially my grandmother - sing. We sang our faith every day."Out of that strong foundation, Bishop Curry shares the music of his childhood - the songs that have grown with him to shape an adult and vibrant faith.

Hodder & Stoughton

Fearfully and Wonderfully

Philip Yancey, Paul Brand
Authors:
Philip Yancey, Paul Brand
Hodder & Stoughton

How the Bible Actually Works

Peter Enns
Authors:
Peter Enns
John Murray

How To

Randall Munroe
Authors:
Randall Munroe
Hodder & Stoughton

The Bible Tells Me So

Peter Enns
Authors:
Peter Enns

Peter Enns recounts his transformative spiritual journey in which he discovered a new, more honest way to love and appreciate God's Word.Trained as an evangelical Bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. But the further he studied the Bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community.Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to 'protect' the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Is this what God really requires? How could God's plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job - but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow.The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns' spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God's Word as it is actually written. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider - the essence of our spiritual study.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Sin of Certainty

Peter Enns
Authors:
Peter Enns

Bible scholar and author of The Bible Tells Me So Peter Enns explains how Christians mistake 'certainty' and 'correct belief' for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy.With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of "once for all delivered to the saints."Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide.Combining Enns' reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

John Murray

Why Do Boys Have Nipples?

Hodder & Stoughton

Rebuilding the Ruins

Samara Levy
Authors:
Samara Levy
Hodder & Stoughton

NIV Soul Survivor Journalling Bible

New International Version
Authors:
New International Version

If you have grown up going to Soul Survivor's festivals, and even if you haven't, you will know of this movement's passion to see young people get to know Jesus. Mike Pilavachi, Andy Croft, Ali Martin and team have, over the last 27 years, instilled a generation with a love for worshipping God, reading his word and putting the Bible's teaching into practice. These values are celebrated on the pages of this new NIV Soul Survivor Journalling Bible. Alongside the full text of the NIV 2011 are wide, blank margins for note-taking, drawing and journalling. On nearly every page there are activities which encourage the reader to engage more deeply with Scripture, along with 30 Bible studies on themes of social justice, reading the Bible, key characters, women in leadership, worship and being naturally supernatural. There are also 32 pages of verses to colour in, verse-mapping opportunities and bullet-journal style Bible reading trackers. This is the perfect edition for any young person who wants to devote themselves to reading, understanding and living the word of God.

Hodder & Stoughton

NIV Pocket Mint Polka-Dot Notebook Bible

New International Version
Authors:
New International Version
Hodder & Stoughton

NIV Pocket Black Notebook Bible

New International Version
Authors:
New International Version
Hodder & Stoughton

NIV Popular Soft-tone Bible with Zip

New International Version
Authors:
New International Version

With 9pt British text in a double-column, easy-to-read layout, this standard sized, zipped NIV Bible is perfect for studying or taking to church. The page numbers are the same as both burgundy and blue NIV pew Bibles, as well as the NIV Lectern Bible so you will always be able to follow along with the Bible reading. Bound in tactile soft grey imitation leather with a contrasting lime green zip, this is a stylish and contemporary edition of the New International Version.This Bible also features: clear, readable 9pt texteasy-to-read layout maps shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible reading plan timeline book by book overview quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Science of Fate

Hannah Critchlow
Authors:
Hannah Critchlow

So many of us believe that we are free to shape our own destiny. But what if free will doesn't exist? What if our lives are largely predetermined, hardwired in our brains - and our choices over what we eat, who we fall in love with, even what we believe are not real choices at all? Neuroscience is challenging everything we think we know about ourselves, revealing how we make decisions and form our own reality, unaware of the role of our unconscious minds. Did you know, for example, that:* You can carry anxieties and phobias across generations of your family?* Your genes and pleasure and reward receptors in your brain will determine how much you eat?* We can sniff out ideal partners with genes that give our offspring the best chance of survival?Leading neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow draws vividly from everyday life and other experts in their field to show the extraordinary potential, as well as dangers, which come with being able to predict our likely futures - and looking at how we can alter what's in store for us. Lucid, illuminating, awe-inspiring The Science of Fate revolutionises our understanding of who we are - and empowers us to help shape a better future for ourselves and the wider world.

Hodder & Stoughton

How to Pray

Pete Greig
Authors:
Pete Greig
Hodder & Stoughton

Angels

Peter Stanford
Authors:
Peter Stanford
Hodder & Stoughton

Following the Way of Jesus

Bishop Michael B. Curry
Authors:
Bishop Michael B. Curry
John Murray

What is Real?

Adam Becker
Authors:
Adam Becker
Hodder & Stoughton

Every Job a Parable

John Van Sloten
Authors:
John Van Sloten