Where is God in a Coronavirus World?
How belief in a loving and sovereign God helps us to make sense of and cope with the coronavirus outbreak. We are living through a unique, era-defining period. Many of our old certainties have gone, whatever our view of...
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How belief in a loving and sovereign God helps us to make sense of and cope with the coronavirus outbreak.
We are living through a unique, era-defining period. Many of our old certainties have gone, whatever our view of the world and whatever our beliefs. The coronavirus pandemic and its effects are perplexing and unsettling for all of us. How do we begin to think it through and cope with it?
In this short yet profound book, Oxford mathematics professor John Lennox examines the coronavirus in light of various belief systems and shows how the Christian worldview not only helps us to make sense of it, but also offers us a sure and certain hope to cling to.
Here's why John Lennox wrote the book:
"This book consists of my reflections on what we are experiencing right now. I started writing it a week ago, and things have changed quickly since then and no doubt will do again...I would invite you, the reader, to view the book like this: we are sitting in a coffee shop (if only we could!) and you have asked me the question on the book cover. I put down my coffee cup and attempt to give you an honest answer. What follows is what I would try to say in order to convey some comfort, support and hope."
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.
- <b>how Belief In A Loving And Sovereign God Helps Us To Make Sense Of And Cope With The Coronavirus Outbreak.</b><br> <br> We Are Living Through A Unique, Era-defining Period. Many Of Our Old Certainties Have Gone, Whatever Our View Of The World And Whatever Our Beliefs. The Coronavirus Pandemic And Its Effects Are Perplexing And Unsettling For All Of Us. How Do We Begin To Think It Through And Cope With It?<br> <br> In This Short Yet Profound Book, Oxford Mathematics Professor John Lennox Examines The Coronavirus In Light Of Various Belief Systems And Shows How The Christian Worldview Not Only Helps Us To Make Sense Of It, But Also Offers Us A Sure And Certain Hope To Cling To.<br> <br> Here's Why John Lennox Wrote The Book:<br> "this Book Consists Of My Reflections On What We Are Experiencing Right Now. I Started Writing It A Week Ago, And Things Have Changed Quickly Since Then And No Doubt Will Do Again...i Would Invite You, The Reader, To View The Book Like This: We Are Sitting In A Coffee Shop (if Only We Could!) And You Have Asked Me The Question On The Book Cover. I Put Down My Coffee Cup And Attempt To Give You An Honest Answer. What Follows Is What I Would Try To Say In Order To Convey Some Comfort, Support And Hope."
- 1. Feeling Vulnerable
- 2. Cathedrals And Worldviews
- 3. Can Atheism Help?
- 4. How Can There Be Coronavirus If There Is A Loving God?
- 5. Evidence Of Love
- 6. The Difference God Makes