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on April 19, 2011
This book is based on material originally presented in a number of lectures given by Alister McGrath in 2009 and 2010. Some of the material in this book appeared previously in chapters 7 and 11 of McGrath's book "The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind".

McGrath describes this short and very readable book as an exploration of "the deep human desire . . . to make sense of things." He examines the need for clues to a deeper level of meaning, the nature of faith, the scientific method, the flaws in the arguments of the New Atheists, the limits of science, and the human desire for more than science can provide. The book also includes brief discussions of the beginning of the universe, the anthropic cosmological principle, fine tuning at the biological level, the implications of developments in the anthropic principle, design/convergence in evolution, and how Christianity makes sense of history, culture, and faith. McGrath points out that the conclusion that we are here by accident is not demanded by evolutionary biology itself, but by adding an aggressive and dogmatic atheism to biology.

While recognizing that there is more to Christianity than trying to make sense of things, McGrath (a former atheist) argues that Christianity involves believing that certain things are true and that Christianity provides a framework which makes more sense of the world than does atheism. Throughout the book McGrath supports his points with excellent illustrations and a relevant selection of quotations from philosophers and others. The book includes 11 pages of Notes and an 8-page Index.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a brief and well written description of the impact of science on Christianity and a critique of the New Atheism.
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on February 29, 2016
In the wake of the unproductive arguments of logic and the intellect, concerning the provability and existence or not of God, Alister McGrath brings to the forefront of human considerations the strong inner need of people to make sense of their life and world in a deeply satisfying way - a way that provides meaning to them. He concludes that science-based faith in evolutionary ideas fails to provide this satisfaction, and that the faith of Christians, though challenging to the rationalists, does provide this sought-for meaning.

Terry Haig (NSW, Aust.)
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on February 3, 2016
Dr. McGrath makes issues so understandable. His educational background and continued brilliance as a scholar brings deep credibility to his works. I highly recommend anything Dr. McGrath has written. I have nearly 20 of his works and have yet to be disappointed, unchallenged or more knowledgeable for having read any of his work.
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on August 4, 2017
Surprised by Meaning has to be one of McGrath's best. It's short, lay-friendly, illuminating, and thought-provoking. I could read it again and again.
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on July 7, 2016
Excellent, well reasoned book. This is a must read for all who want answers.
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on September 13, 2016
Well written. Solid arguments. Author is highly qualified.
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on September 7, 2016
Item arrived as described and the service was prompt.
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on December 10, 2014
Alister McGrath is an a most respected theologian. The information in this book is relevant and resented in a manner that is readily understood. I will reread this book periodically.
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on October 30, 2014
Good book! Worth the tieme.
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on January 20, 2016
uh Yeah, cool
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