Confessions of a lapsed atheist, featuring Alister McGrath

Join us December 11th as the Oxford University Professor of Science & Religion, Alister McGrath, will share about how he became a lapsed atheist

As a former atheist, McGrath is respectful yet critical of the movement. In recent years, he has been especially interested in the emergence of “scientific atheism”, and has researched the distinctive approach to atheist apologetics found in the writings of the Oxford zoologist and scientific populariser Richard Dawkins. He regularly engages in debate and dialogue with leading atheists, and is presently researching the iconic role played by Charles Darwin in atheist apologetics, and the appeal to the controversial and problematic concept of the “meme” in recent atheist accounts of the origins of belief in God. 

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A Bit on ALister 

Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. A former atheist, he converted to Christianity while a science student at Oxford University. He has published widely, including the international bestseller The Dawkins delusion? Atheist fundamentalism and the denial of the divine (2007); an award-winning biography of CS Lewis, entitled CS Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet (2013); and numerous highly acclaimed theological textbooks, which are widely used throughout the world. McGrath has a special interest in the writings of the movement known as the "New Atheism," especially Richard Dawkins. He is an ordained minister in the Church of England, and on most Sundays can be found ministering in a group of parishes in the Cotswolds.

Acclaimed scientist and theologian, Alister McGrath, gives his short testimony on why and how science turned him away from a life of atheism to a life of Christianity.