Life & Faith

Things You Cannot Prove

February 2, 2017

Alister McGrath, one of the world’s leading historians of science, explodes some common assumptions about science, religion, and atheism.


"I am very skeptical about these simplistic arguments that we only believe what we can prove. It’s not right. We can prove shallow truths, but the deep truths which give life meaning and value – they lie beyond proof."

Alister McGrath, the Chair of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, describes his personal experience of faith as a "gradual movement" from atheism to Christianity. In fact, it was his scientific training that led him to faith in the first place!

In this episode, Professor McGrath tells how and why he stepped out of his comfort zone of atheism into the exciting "world of faith". He also navigates a couple of key moments in the history of science – including the scientific revolution and the birth of Darwinism – to uncover the influence of Christianity in unexpected places.


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