Theologian, intellectual historian, and apologist
Alister McGrath


Welcome to the website of Alister McGrath, who will take up the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion at Oxford University on 1 April 2014.  After taking First Class Honours in Chemistry at Oxford University in 1975, I worked for several years in the Oxford laboratories of Professor G. K. Radda FRS, gaining a DPhil in 1978. I was then awarded First Class Honours in Theology at Oxford in 1978, and was awarded the Denyer and Johnson Prize for securing the best grades in the final examinations that year. I was awarded an Oxford Doctorate of Divinity (DD) in 2001 for research in the field of historical and systematic theology, and an Oxford Doctorate of Letters (DLitt) in 2013 for research in intellectual history, especially the relation of science and religion.


2014 Boyle Lecture

The Boyle Lectures, delivered in the historic church of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London, has become the United Kingdom’s premier annual public lecture in science and religion. I delivered the 2014 Boyle Lecture on 22 January, entitled “New Atheism – New Apologetics: The Use of Science in Recent Christian Apologetic Writings.”  A video recording of the lecture can be found here, and a full transcript of the lecture here.




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