?Unlike many working in the sciencetheology field, McGrath makes areal effort to address issues of biblical criticism, which giveshis work some significant depth, as he incorporates an engagementwith the Jesus of history and an application of this tocontemporary understandings of natural theology.? ( Reviews inScience and Religion
, May 2009)
?McGrath seeks to develop a specifically Christian approach tonatural theology, anchoring it in the Christ event, andinterpreting natural theology as something that is bothhistorically located in the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth andtheologically interpreted by the church.? (New TestamentAbstracts, January 2009)
?As we have come to expect from McGrath, the book ishistorically well-researched, conversant with recent literature,theologically creative, and carefully argued. It will certainlyreshape contemporary discussions of natural theology and naturallaw.? (Religious Studies Review, March 09)
"McGrath's book starts from distinctively Christian Trinitariantheology and then develops what the author sees as ways forChristian beliefs to create a means of seeing nature with a newsense of vision?with the purpose of understanding the connectionsbetween Christian belief and natural science. It is extremelywell-researched and footnoted, with an extensive bibliography ofsources cited. Summing Up: Recommended." (CHOICE)
"The book is learned, covering a great deal of historicalground." (First Things)
"Alister McGrath's The Open Secret
provides nothing lessthan the foundations of a vigorous renewal of natural theology forour time. Theologians and others who have considered naturaltheology an exhausted topic will have second thoughts after readingthis richly nuanced, scholarly, creative, and enjoyablebook."
–John F. Haught
, Georgetown University
"This is vintage McGrath: confident, capacious in scope, briskin exposition, decisive in argument. Noone is better placed to makea case for a revisionary theology of nature; this book is sure tocommand a wide audience and to generate profitabledebate."
–John Webster, King's College, Aberdeen
"For much of the twentieth century natural theology was regardedas intellectually moribund and theologically suspect. In thissplendid new book, best-selling author and distinguished theologianAlister McGrath issues a vigorous challenge to the old prejudices.Building on the foundation of the classical triad of truth, beautyand goodness, he constructs an impressive case for a new andrevitalized natural theology. This is a well-conceived, timely, andthought-provoking volume."
–Peter Harrison, Harris Manchester College, Oxford