What's the Point of Theology?
Wisdom, Wellbeing and Wonder
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We may be aware that theology is the study of the nature of God and of religious belief. But why should that matter to us? What’s the point of theology?
In this wonderfully accessible book, renowned Christian theologian Alistair McGrath explores just why theology is so important and what it can bring to our lives.
Drawing on insights from his own experience of coming to Christianity from atheism, this exhilarating and enlightening volume reveals how theology offers a gateway to discovery: it helps us grow in wisdom; it contributes to our wellbeing; it sparks our innate sense of wonder. Above all, theology help us to grow in faith and love as we draw ever closer to the divine.
What’s the Point of Theology? is ideal for new and seasoned Christians who want to engage more deeply with their faith but are unsure if theology can help them. It also has much to offer those who are interested in spiritual matters and curious to find out more.
Stimulating and encouraging, What’s the Point of Theology? will open your eyes to all that theology can teach us and has to offer – a wiser understanding of what really matters, a richer vision of the good life, a deeper appreciation of the beauty of nature – as well strengthening your faith and relationship with God.
Alister McGrath invariably combines enormous scholarship with an accessible and engaging style. -- Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury Brilliant and lucid as ever, Alister McGrath makes a compelling case that because theology sustains the vision that is at the heart of Christian faith, the church needs its leaders to be not just efficient church-builders, but wise thinkers and teachers, schooled in the rich tradition of Christian theology. -- Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington on 'What's the Point of Theology?' "The God Delusion" makes me embarrassed to be an atheist, and the McGraths show why. -- Michael Ruse, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science Program, Florida State University on 'The Dawkins Delusion?' (SPCK, 2007) Richard Dawkins' utopian vision of a world without religion is here deftly punctured by McGrath's informed discourse. His fellow Oxonian clearly demonstrates the gaps, inconsistencies and surprising lack of depth in Dawkins' arguments. -- Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science, Harvard University on 'The Dawkins Delusion?' (SPCK, 2007) Addressing the conclusions of 'The God Delusion' point by point with the devastating insight of a molecular biologist turned theologian, Alison McGrath dismantles the argument that science should lead to atheism, and demonstrates instead that Dawkins has abandoned his much-cherished rationality to embrace an embittered manifest of dogmatic atheist fundamentalism. -- Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, USA on 'The Dawkins Delusion?' (SPCK, 2007) McGrath's lucid and unsentimental portrait . . . offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography. He shows with skill, sympathy, dispassion, and engaging prose that Lewis, like the rest of us, did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review of 'C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet' (Hodder, 2013)