God Science: Creation, Darwin and the End of Faith
Presented by John Dickson, Greg Clarke, and Simon Smart Great Minds Explore Christianity In An Age Of Science. Can you believe in God in an age when science is arguably the dominant form of knowledge that people trust?...
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Presented by John Dickson, Greg Clarke, and Simon Smart
Great Minds Explore Christianity In An Age Of Science.
Can you believe in God in an age when science is arguably the dominant form of knowledge that people trust? Is there any way that you can hold together a scientific worldview and one that includes belief in a supernatural reality?
Recently this debate has been reignited by a new wave of sceptical writers, some of them eminent scientists. Insisting that rational thought has no room for religious belief, these modern sceptics argue that science holds all the keys to progress, meaning and understanding. Religion, they say, is a force for evil, and a primitive superstition that should be rejected.
Are they right? The Centre For Public Christianity has gathered a host of prominent scientists, historians, and philosophers to consider the place of faith in an age of science.
Prof John Lennox: Creator or Multiverse?
Dr David Cohen: The age of the Earth
Dr Stephen Barker: The origins of lice
Prof Michael Drinkwater: The big bang and cosmic wonders
Darwin, the Bible and God
Dr John Dickson: Reading the Genesis creation accounts
Prof Simon Conway-Morris: Science and an unlikely God
Prof Tom Frame: Charles Darwin and Australia
History and the philosophy of science
Prof Alvin Plantinga: Reasons for God
Prof Michael Ruse: Darwinism, the 'bastard child of Christianity'
Prof Edwin Judge: Christianity and the scientific revolution
Prof Peter Harrison: Religious challenges to science
Intersections between science and faith
Prof Bill McKibben: De-creating the planet
Dr Graeme Findlay: A hard cell - science and theology
Dr Olivera Petrovich: A natural belief?
Prof Ross McKenzie: 'Emergence' and a reasonable God
Dr John Dickson is an author and historian, and the Distinguished Fellow in Public Christianity at Ridley College (Melbourne). A busy public advocate for the Christian faith, John also teaches 'Historical Jesus' at the University of Sydney, and is a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (2016-2020). He is the presenter of Australia's top-rating religion podcast Undeceptions. He is married to Buff, and they have three children.
Formerly a theological editor, Greg is one of the Founding Directors of the Centre for Public Christianity, and is the CEO of the Bible Society in Australia.
Edwin A. Judge is one Australia's most famous academics. After studying at Cambridge, Professor Judge moved to Sydney University and then on to Macquarie where he was appointed the first professor in Ancient History. For twenty-five years, and since his retirement, he has been a leader in Ancient History and the study of Early Christianity. Professor Judge helped to collect the study materials in the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre and to establish the Museum of Ancient Cultures, one of the finest institutions of its kind. He has published widely (over 400 articles, books, and essays) and served as editor of the Journal of Religious History. Professor Judge has served Macquarie University as an administrator in many capacities: as a department head, an elected member of the University Council, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In 1995 he received Membership of the Order of Australia, and in 1999 the Australian Academy of the Humanities elected him an Honorary Fellow. Some of his publications include The Social Pattern of Christian Groups in the First Century, and Antike u. Christentum. Towards a Definition of the Field, A Bibliographical Survey and a set of his most significant scholarly articles are found in Social Distinctives of the Christians in the First Century: Pivotal Essays by E. A. Judge.
Alvin Plantinga (PhD., Yale) is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame is one of the most distinguished living Christian Philosophers. His original contribution to philosophy is found in his trilogy Warranted Christian Belief, Warrant: The Current Debate, and Warrant and Proper Function (all from Oxford University Press)), his other books include The Nature of Necessity (OUP 1979), God and Other Minds (Eerdmans), The Analytic Theist (Eerdmans), and Does God have a nature?
John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.
John Carson Lennox was born in 1943 in Northern Ireland, the son of a shopkeeper, and grew up in Armagh. He studied at the Royal School Armagh, Northern Ireland and was Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University from which he took his MA, MMath and PhD. While there, he heard lectures by C S Lewis on the poet John Donne. Lennox worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a DSc for his research. He also holds an MA and DPhil from Oxford University and an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey. He was a Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Wurzburg and Freiburg in Germany. He has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe and Australasia on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defence of Christianity.
Between 2007 and 2011, Lennox was involved in numerous public debates in the UK, US, and Australia, wherein he articulated an intellectually robust Christian case for the existence of God. His interlocutors have included Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer.
Lennox has written a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy and theology. These include God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (2009), God and Stephen Hawking, a response to The Grand Design (2011), Gunning for God, on the new atheism (2011), and Seven Days that Divide the World, on the early chapters of Genesis (2011). Furthermore, in addition to over seventy published mathematical papers, he is the co-author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.
Lennox is multilingual, fluent in Russian, French, and German. He is married to Sally, and has three children and five grandchildren.