Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is a lapsed atheist who enjoys dialogue and debate with the atheist faithful. After an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Oxford, he gained his doctorate in molecular biophysics, before switching to study Christian theology.

He has published extensively, at both the academic and popular level. Recent books include the award-winning C. S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Relulctant Prophet (2013). After a period as Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford (1999-2008), and Professor of Theology at King’s College London (2008-14), he returned to Oxford to take up the Idreos professorship. He is actively engaged in the debate about the relation of science and faith, and has published extensively in the field. He is particularly interested in the question of whether the natural sciences can help us answer moral questions.

Related Sessions
Sunday 19 October 2014, 12.00 Cinema 1


C. S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Relulctant Prophet (Hodder & Stoughton, 2013)

America: the twilight years?

"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

follow the Academy of Ideas


Keep up to date with Academy of Ideas news and events by joining our mailing list.