Alister Mcgrath Bio, Nationality, Age, Wife, Career, Books

Alister Mcgrath Biography

Alister Mcgrath is a Northen Irish priest, scientist, Christian apologist, public intellectual and theologian. He is the holder of the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion at Oxford University as well as the Professor of Divinity at Gresham College.

Alister Mcgrath Age

He was born on 23rd January 1953 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Alister Mcgrath Nationality

Mcgrath is an Irish national and was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Alister Mcgrath Education

He studied at Down High School. In 1966 he became a pupil at the Methodist College Belfast, where his studies were focused on mathematics, chemistry, and physics. He went up to Wadham College, Oxford, in 1971 where he gained first-class honors in chemistry in.

He began research in molecular biophysics in the Oxford University Department of Biochemistry and was elected to an E.P.A. Cephalosporin Research Studentship at Linacre College, Oxford, for the academic year 1975–1976, and to a Domus Senior Scholarship at Merton College, Oxford, for the period 1976–1978.

During this period, he carried out scientific research while studying for the Oxford University Final Honour School of Theology. He was awarded an Oxford Doctor of Philosophy degree for his research in molecular biophysics and gained first-class honors in theology in 1978.

Alister Mcgrath Wife

His wife is Joanna Collicutt, who is the Karl Jaspers Lecturer in Psychology and Spirituality at Ripon College, Cuddesdon as well as Oxford Diocesan Advisor for Spiritual Care for Older People. She is an associate priest in a west Oxfordshire parish and an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral.

Alister Mcgrath Views

As he is a former atheist, he accepts the theory of evolution. McGrath suggests in The Twilight of Atheism that atheism is in decline. He is highly critical of Richard Dawkins, calling him “embarrassingly ignorant of Christian theology”. His book: The Dawkins Delusion? – a response to Dawkins’s The God Delusion – was published by SPCK in February 2007, and they had a public debate on the topic, “Does religious belief damage the health of a society, or is it necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society?”

Alister Mcgrath Career

in 1999, He served as a tutor at Wycliffe Hall. He was awarded a personal chair of professorship in theology and was the first director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics 2004-6. In 2008 Alister moved to London as a Professor of Theology at King’s College, London.

Apart from this he also served as an associate priest in a benefice within the Diocese of Oxford. Unable to keep away from Oxford, Alister returned a third time in 2014 to become the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion.

He is also a prolific author of numerous books.


Alister Mcgrath Books

  • The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion (Blackwell, 1998)
  • Thomas F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography (T&T Clark, 1999)
  • A Scientific Theology (3 volumes, entitled Nature, Reality and Theory, published by T&T Clark, 2001-3).
  • The Re-Enchantment of Nature (Hodder & Stoughton, 2002)
  • The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology (T&T Clark, 2004)
  • The Twilight of Atheism (Rider, 2004)
  • Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (Blackwell, 2004)
  • The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology (Blackwell, 2006)
  • Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-First Century (HarperOne, 2007)
  • The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology (Blackwell, 2008)
  • A Fine-Tuned Universe? Anthropic Phenomena and Natural Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2009)