Interweaving Stories about Reality – Alister McGrath

The Big Question
  • Article (book excerpt)
  • 900 words
  • Level: all audiences

Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. This excerpt has been selected by the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (, which is edited by the Advanced School for Interdisciplinary Research, operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, and directed by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti. In “Interweaving Stories about Reality” McGrath writes:

I have set out something of my own personal journey from a sense of  rapturous amazement at  nature   to  discovering  initially the intellectual delight  of the natural sciences, then  the elevating and enriching experience of  religious  faith, and  finally  the exploration of  the  richer  vision  of  reality  that  resulted  from  allowing science  and  faith  to inform  and  illuminate each  other.

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Click here for a published version of McGrath’s essay, from the 2015 book The Big Question: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God (preview courtesy of Google Books).