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The origins of A Scientific

Author: McGrath, Alister E.
Source: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews,
Volume 28, Number 4, December 2003 , pp.
Publisher: Maney Publishing

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This paper sets out a new approach to Christian theology, which
accentuates its interdisciplinary potential through a rigorous
interaction with the natural sciences. The approach here
developed treats the natural sciences as a dialogue partner in an
intellectually rigorous engagement with reality. After exploring the
origins and development of this approach, and clarifying its
leading features, the paper engages with three major issues which
arise froma 'scientific theology': the implications of provisionality
in the dialogue between science and religion; the critique of the

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concept of 'nature' as the basis of Christian theology; and the idea

that a scientific theology represents a response to its distinctive
object. It is argued that a unitary understanding of reality, such as
that mandated by a Christian doctrine of creation, does not
demand that all human intellectual disciplines should adopt
identical methods for their tasks, but that they should
accommodate themselves to the distinctive natures of those
aspects of reality which they attempt to represent and depict.

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DOI: 10.1179/030801803225005120

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