The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind  -     By: Alister E. McGrath
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The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind

Inter-Varsity Press / 2010 / Hardcover

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Whatever our endeavors, aspirations, and goals may be, the best preparation is to encourage a life of the mind. A carefully cultivated mind will lead to sound reasoning, critical thinking, responsible actions, and an intentionally developed understanding of wisdom. Finally, a sound intellect in the Christian life is, as Paul would tell us (Rom 12), is a fundamental element to our discipleship in Jesus Christ. As Christians we need a passionate intellect that is set on fire by the reality of God, engaged with the world he created, and excited to wrestle with God in the endeavor of understanding our humanity, and God's word.

Alister McGrath, one of the most prominent theologians and public intellectuals of our day in The Passionate Intellect explains how Christian thinking can and must have a positive role in shaping, nourishing and safeguarding the Christian vision of reality. With this in our grasp, we have the capacity for robust intellectual and cultural engagement, confidently entering the public sphere of ideas where atheism, postmodernism, and science come into play.

This book explores how the great tradition of Christian theological reflection enriches faith. It deepens our appreciation of the gospel's ability to engage with the complexities of the natural world on the one hand and human experience on the other.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830838430
ISBN-13: 9780830838431
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Publisher's Description

2011 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Alister McGrath, one of the most prominent theologians and public intellectuals of our day, explains how Christian thinking can and must have a positive role in shaping, nourishing and safeguarding the Christian vision of reality. With this in our grasp, we have the capacity for robust intellectual and cultural engagement, confidently entering the public sphere of ideas where atheism, postmodernism and science come into play. This book explores how the great tradition of Christian theological reflection enriches faith. It deepens our appreciation of the gospel's ability to engage with the complexities of the natural world on the one hand and human experience on the other.

Author Bio

Alister McGrath (D.Phil. D.D., Oxford University) holds the chair of theology, ministry and education and is head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture at Kings College, London. He was previously professor of historical theology at Oxford University. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world and is the author of many books including and

Endorsements

"McGrath brings his prodigious intellect and broad learning to bear on a number of topics, including apologetics, science and religion, and the new atheism. He demonstrates that theology is 'intellectually stimulating and exciting.' This book should whet the reader's appetite for further exploration of theology."
┬ŚMillard Erickson
Author of Christian Theology

"This book is not only about the passionate intellect; it exhibits the phenomenon on every page. Drawing on the rich heritage of Christian faith and practice, McGrath is as much on his home ground in engaging contemporary issues in faith and culture, especially the relation to science. The author argues that good theology not only explains but transforms, and in this well-researched and eminently readable work it's easy to see what he means. The Passionate Intellect is a feast that will delight, provoke and challenge as well as inform us all."
┬ŚMichael Horton
Westminster Seminary California

"In The Passionate Intellect, Alister McGrath provides engaging, accessible, energetic help for Christians who are skeptical about the existential relevance of Christian theology, or who have come to doubt its credibility in the face of the attacks of new atheists and those wedded to a shallow scientism. This series of essays not only provides important support for believers seeking their footing in the current cultural morass, but can also stimulate a new curiosity about the intellectual and spiritual fruitfulness and integrity of the theological enterprise as a whole. It is obviously written by one who, well informed about alternatives to Christian faith, finds in that faith a source of life and of intellectual pleasure."
┬ŚMarguerite Shuster
Fuller Theological Seminary

Editorial Reviews

"McGrath brings his prodigious intellect and broad learning to bear on a number of topics, including apologetics, science and religion, and the new atheism. He demonstrates that theology is 'intellectually stimulating and exciting.' This book should whet the reader's appetite for further exploration of theology."
"In The Passionate Intellect, Alister McGrath provides engaging, accessible, energetic help for Christians who are skeptical about the existential relevance of Christian theology, or who have come to doubt its credibility in the face of the attacks of new atheists and those wedded to a shallow scientism. This series of essays not only provides important support for believers seeking their footing in the current cultural morass, but can also stimulate a new curiosity about the intellectual and spiritual fruitfulness and integrity of the theological enterprise as a whole. It is obviously written by one who, well informed about alternatives to Christian faith, finds in that faith a source of life and of intellectual pleasure."
"This book is not only about the passionate intellect; it exhibits the phenomenon on every page. Drawing on the rich heritage of Christian faith and practice, McGrath is as much on his home ground in engaging contemporary issues in faith and culture, especially the relation to science. The author argues that good theology not only explains but transforms, and in this well-researched and eminently readable work it's easy to see what he means. The Passionate Intellect is a feast that will delight, provoke and challenge as well as inform us all."

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    I very much enjoyed reading this book, I had a difficult time putting it down. In "The Passionate Intellect" McGrath shows that Christian theology is relevant and necessary in our lives. He intellectually shows the weakness and the unintellectually of the "new atheists" and clearly puts them it their place. McGrath also points out the intellectual and spiritual fruitfulness of Christian theology as a whole.
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