Oxford Professor Alister E. McGrath Held Lecture at VMU


On Tuesday 10 December, at VMU Aula Magna (Gimnazijos g. 7), world renowned theologian, historian, Revd Professor Alister E. McGrath from Oxford University held a lecture entitled Science and Religion. The Big Questions. This lecture is a part of the event series 25 Hours. VMU in the City Streets.

The connection between science and religion is one of the most pertinent research fields today. For this reason, the lecture was focused mostly on the dialogue between Christianity and the natural sciences, which has had a profound influence on the Western culture.

Alister E. McGrath studied chemistry at Oxford University and has a PhD in molecular biophysics. After discovering faith as a student of philosophy, the former atheist started exploring the relationship between science and religion. He researched historical theology and became theology professor and a priest. Prof. McGrath has worked at Oxford University for many years, including as Professor of Historical Theology. He currently serves as the academic leader of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King’s College, London. The professor has also accepted the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion at Oxford University, where he will assume the new position in April 2014.

During the lecture, Alister E. McGrath also presented Mokslas ir religija. Naujasis įvadas, which is the brand new Lithuanian edition of his Science and Religion: A New Introduction. The book analyses the relation between science and religion from historical, theological and philosophical perspectives. Lithuanian readers are already familiar with Alister E. McGrath from The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine, which he co-wrote with psychologist Joanna Collicutt McGrath. The book is a critical review of the opinions of Richard Dawkins, who expressed his support of the idea of incompatibility between science and religion in The God Delusion.

You are welcome to view the video report by Kristijonas Jakubsonas (k.jakubsonas@vkt.vdu.lt) and photo report by Jonas Petronis (j.petronis@vkt.vdu.lt).

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