Professor Alister McGrath

Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion; Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion; Fellow of Harris Manchester College


Professor McGrath’s current research interests include:

  • historical and conceptual issues relating to science and religion
  • critical realism in science and theology
  • the application of biological models of evolution to cultural contexts, especially the development of Christian doctrine
  • C S Lewis on science and religion, especially his critiques of naturalism and scientism
  • the use of science in the “New Atheism”
  • “two cultures” issues, especially defending the value of humanities in a scientific culture.


  • Science and religion
  • New atheism
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Darwinism and faith
  • Rationality of faith

Media experience

Professor McGrath has extensive media experience, working regularly with BBC 1, Radio 4, and international media. He has written columns for The Daily Telegraph and The Times and contributes articles to various web sites, such as Slate.