In September he became a pupil at the Methodist College Belfast , where his studies focused on mathematics , physics and chemistry. He went up to Wadham College, Oxford , in and gained first-class honours in chemistry in He began research in molecular biophysics in the Oxford University Department of Biochemistry under the supervision of George Radda  and was elected to an E. During these three years, 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 December , and gained first-class honours in theology in June I had some major rethinking to do, and by the end of November , my decision was made: I turned my back on one faith and embraced another.
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He speaks as a standard bearer for that brand of Evangelicalism with which I am most comfortable. He is featured in the video series, The Apostles Creed, and demonstrates clarity, conviction and intellectual credibility and soberness. I at some point will read his new biography on CS Lewis, "C. There is only pages of text so brevity is critical and much is left out. But he sets the jib of the sail, as it were, and the alert reader will be sent in a direction that will yield much value along the way.
Each chapter ends with engaging a specific original source and then gives the reader some follow up questions that would be useful for personal and group exercises.
There is a glossary, very helpful for students. McGrath is a British Evangelical. That means he has fewer axes to grind than American Evangelicals who struggle with a Fundamentalist heritage with its inherent "urge to purge" instincts. He is clearly an Evangelical who speaks for supernatural Christianity while maintaining as large a consensus as is intellectually feasible. He will refer to some of these in his Christian theology book but he refers to these scholars less, since, I am supposing, much of it is liberal, skeptical of supernaturalism, and at the far edges of the Christian tradition.
This is particularly true of modern theology. This is a book that I would like Sunday School teachers to read for their own continuing education as well as church leaders in general.
Theology: The Basics
Theology: The Basics, 4th Edition