10 Alister McGrath Quotes

  • "Protestantism developed its sense of identity primarily in response to external threats and criticisms rather than as a result of shared beliefs. In one sense, the idea of "Protestantism" can be seen as the creation of its opponents rather than of its supporters."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Christianity


  • "Within each of us exists the image of God, however disfigured and corrupted by sin it may presently be. God is able to recover this image through grace as we are conformed to Christ."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Grace, Change


  • "The Christian apologist should be able to present God in his full attractiveness so that his rivals in the world are eclipsed."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Truth


  • "The faith by which we are justified is faith. Faith is like a channel through which the benefits of Christ flow to us. We are not justified on account of faith; we are justified through faith. It is the work of Christ, not our faith, which is the foundation of justification. Faith itself is a gift of God."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Faith, Justification


  • "Faith is not something that goes against the evidence, it goes beyond it. The evidence is saying to us, 'There is another country. There is something beyond mere reason'."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Faith


  • "Christianity offers a worldview that leads to the generation of moral values and ideals that are able to give moral meaning and dignity to our existence."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Christianity


  • "Atheism, I began to realize, rested on a less-than-satisfactory evidential basis. The arguments that had once seemed bold, decisive, and conclusive increasingly turned out to be circular, tentative, and uncertain."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Atheism


  • "The hallmark of intelligence is not whether one believes in God or not, but the quality of the processes that underlie one's beliefs."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Believing


  • "The Protestant work ethic finds its application in many contexts in the twenty-first century. Perhaps the most obvious is the phenomenon of 'faith based activism': religious groups using their faith both as a platform and a guiding principle for social engagement and voluntary work."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Work, Service


  • "Beneath all the rhetoric about relevance lies a profoundly disturbing possibility - that people may base their lives upon an illusion, upon a blatant lie. The attractiveness of a belief is all too often inversely proportional to its truth... To allow "relevance" to be given greater weight than truth is a mark of intellectual shallowness and moral irresponsibility."

    - Alister McGrath
    Topics: Heresy



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