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Publication Date: 16 May 2019
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 80
ISBN-13: 9780281080199, 9780281080205

Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life

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Summary
Alister McGrath has written to great acclaim on both Richard Dawkins and C. S. Lewis. Here he brings these two intriguing and well-known writers into a conversation. They could hardly have more different perspectives! Engaging with their views is a brilliant way of sharpening up our own thinking on the meaning of life.
About the Author
ALISTER McGRATH is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford, and (from 2015 to 2018) Gresham Professor of Divinity. His previous posts include Professor of Theology and Education at King’s College, London, and Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University.

McGrath gained first class honours from Oxford University in Chemistry (1975) and first class honours in Theology (1978). He holds an Oxford DPhil (1978) for his research in molecular biology, a DD from Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology for his work in historical and systematic theology (2001), and a DLitt from Oxford University’s Division of Humanities for his research in science and religion (2013). He was elected FRSA in 2005, in recognition of his work as a public intellectual.

A former atheist, he has established a reputation as one of the leading apologists for Christianity, as well as one of the world’s most respected Christian theologians. His many books include a new highly acclaimed biography of C. S. Lewis, a series of market-leading textbooks in Christian theology, and some best-selling books engaging with the ‘New Atheism’.
Press Reviews

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

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

A fine, dense, yet very clear account, from [McGrath's] particular Christian perspective, of the full case against Dawkins.

- Bryan Appleyard

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

C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet (Hodder, 2013): 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

McGrath's book will gain a permanent position in Lewis scholarship for his brilliant and, to my mind, undeniable re-dating of Lewis's conversion to Theism. How we all missed this for so long is astonishing!

- Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia

This biography is the one Lewis's admirers - especially those who, like him, believe that books are to be read and enjoyed - should prefer to all others.

- (Booklist, starred review)

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