Does Science Rob Nature of its Mystery and Beauty? – Professor Alister McGrath

Professor Alister McGrath explores how the natural sciences and Christian theology might offer an enriched or deepened vision of reality, which transcends the limits placed on each

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was one of the most acute observers of the tensions to emerge between science and religion during the Victorian age. We shall explore Ruskin’s concerns, set against the background of the Industrial Revolution, and ask how can we do science without losing sight of the beauty of nature? And in what ways might a religious reading of nature help meet at least some concerns?

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5 thoughts on “Does Science Rob Nature of its Mystery and Beauty? – Professor Alister McGrath

  • June 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    very enlightening, thank you! as our national parks in the united states are being slowly eroded & handed over to the big business republican ideologies, it is sad to watch that process. just one line of thought in this important philosophical analysis that is so important. also, the apollonian & dionysian contrasts may apply to these analyses of oppositions. love the poets etc. thank you.

  • June 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Only a boring, mundane, and dare I say, normal person looks around at the world and can't see some kind of beauty and, inherent intricate strange cohesion that seems to be piloted and puppeted by (a) yet unseen, perhaps forever undiscoverable, force(s), as we have discovered unseen forces governing our everyday lives already. Well, normal people only give you normal results ;-D


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