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British theologian Alister McGrath to visit Groningen

10 September 2009

World renowned theologian Alister McGrath will give two lectures in Groningen in September 2009.

McGrath started out as a molecular biologist. Initially, he wrote mainly about the history of theology, but lately, he has become known as an opponent of Richard Dawkins. His publications in the Netherlands include Geloof en natuurwetenschap: een introductie (Kampen: Kok, 2006) and Dawkins als misvatting: wat er mis is met het atheïstisch fundamentalisme (Kampen: Ten Have, 2008) and 2000 jaar christendom: een introductie (Kampen: Kok, 2000).

Wednesday 16 September:Darwin and the Divine. Evolutionary thought and religious belief’
Time: 8 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Location: Aula, Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Please register with Studium Generale: studium@rug.nl,  tel. 3635463.

Thursday 17 September:Truth, Beauty and Goodness. A new vision for natural theology’ (book presentation of Een open geheim. Natuurlijke theologie als brandpunt voor geloof, kunst en wetenschap).
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Zittingzaal (former courtroom), Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

Both events will be in English.

The lecture on Wednesday 16 September is part of the Studium Generale series ‘Darwin Today. The power of evolutionary thinking’, commemorating  the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s controversial book The Origin of Species. The lecture series is investigating the impact this work has had on academic fields and to what extent it has led to innovation in them. Alister McGrath will investigate Darwin’s influence on theology.

McGrath’s second lecture on Thursday 17 September is to launch the Dutch version of his book The Open Secret. A new vision for natural theology (2006). The book will be puplished by Kok in Kampen, under the title Een open geheim. Natuurlijke theologie als brandpunt voor geloof, kunst en wetenschap.

Note for the press

Information: Mathilde van Dijk, tel. 050-363 5568, e-mail; mathilde.van.dijk@rug.nl

Last modified:04 January 2018 3.26 p.m.

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