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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Theologian responds to Richard Dawkins in exclusive newspaper interview
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¬†Evolution, Big Bang Theory and an explanation of why science and Christianity are not incompatible are the themes of an exclusive two-part interview with leading theologian Rev Professor Alister McGrath, starting this week in The Salvation Army's weekly newspaper The War Cry. Professor McGrath, the director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, is an outspoken critic of atheist scientist Richard Dawkins. McGrath's latest book The Dawkins Delusion? is a response to Dawkins' best-selling The God Delusion. McGrath explains to readers: "Dawkins works on the assumption that his readers know very little about Christianity He asserts that if you believe in evolution then you cannot believe in God, because evolution is by definition atheistic. But that is a very inaccurate interpretation Dawkins also interprets a Christian's 'faith' as 'blind trust'. To him 'faith' means running away from evidence. But that's not a Christian definition of faith. Christians will say faith is about believing in a God who not only exists but who may also be relied upon utterly; someone into whose hands I can entrust myself knowing that he's going to guard me and keep me. People like simple answers to hard questions. That's why Dawkins is so popular." A former atheist himself, (he is a Church of England Deacon) McGrath reflects: "When I was an atheist, I sounded like Richard Dawkins. I focused only on the things that fitted my theory. One of the things that made me stop being an atheist was realising things are rather more complicated." Major Nigel Bovey, editor of The War Cry, hopes the interview with Professor McGrath will challenge his readers: "Science and the meaning of life are issues which our regular readers might not ordinarily consider but the issues that Professor McGrath is tackling are fundamental to our understanding of life and faith." The War Cry is read by around 60,000 people each week making it one of the most popular Christian weekly newspapers. It is distributed and sold by Salvation Army representatives to members of the public via many of the church and charity's 750 centres across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. See the online edition at: The two-part interview with Professor Alister McGrath begins this week (3 February) in The War Cry and the second part 'Evolution or Creation? Big Bang or Intelligent design?' is published next week. The Dawkins Delusion? written by Alister McGrath with Joanna Collicut McGrath is published 15 February by SPCK priced £7.99 (
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