God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
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If we are to believe many modern commentators, science has squeezed God into a corner, killed and then buried him with its all-embracing explanations. Atheism, we are told, is the only intellectually tenable position, and any attempt to reintroduce God is likely to impede the progress of science. In this stimulating and thought-provoking book, John Lennox invites us to consider such claims very carefully. Is it really true, he asks, that everything in science points towards atheism? Could it be possible that theism sits more comfortably with science than atheism? Has science buried God or not? Now updated and expanded, God's Undertaker is an invaluable contribution to the debate about science's relationship to religion.
Meet the Author
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.
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Lennox goes into great depth explaining how science and faith are not opposing forces. The book itself is definitely geared towards those who are mathematicallyscientifically inclined and is definitely a challenging read for those not seasoned in these areas. However, if you are looking for a resource which provides a sound backing for apologetical arguments in regards to science, this is the resource for you!
With three doctorates, John Lennox's massive amount of schooling has paid off, and it's evident in this book. Having had conversations with atheists, I have noticed the information in this book has come in handy many times. This book is more than simple an informational book; it equips believers for an atheistic environment. A significant introduction to the argument of science and faith. A must have!
John Lennox's book is a must read for anyone who doesn't know what to think about the New Atheists' arguments and their apparent demolition of Christianity. A very academic style of writing suitable to address this issue to the relevant scientific audience. Lennox thoroughly examines many of the arguments put forward by atheists today and points out their flaws all while remaining respectful and not falling back to ridicule. The elegance of his reasoning and demolition of the arguments presented is brilliantly undertaken. It is a very thought provoking, calm and considered approach to this extremely important, very public and often rather heated topic. Highly recommended reading, especially if you have personally faced these arguments before.
John Lennox brings fresh intellectual power and clarity to the subject of the origin and meaning of the universe and life. He persuaded me that evolutionary science has not buried God, but is itself terminally ill. In particular his work on the information encoded in living cells completely reworks the classical argument for the existence of God based upon the evidence of design in the universe. I expect this book will have a significant impact on all who take the time to engage with it. It is not light reading, but it is not beyond a patient reader. At times I felt the impact of his unrelenting logic falling like a blacksmith's hammer on the arguments of others. At other times I was elated by the elegance of his reasoning. For all his intellectual power Lennox remains a generous soul and respectful soul never descending into ridicule. In my view this is among the most important and influential books of our time. Lennox reaches beyond the subject of whether evolutionary science buries God. He contributes to a new understanding of how Christians may engage with the world both social and material. This is a great book. I am reviewing this book as someone who has followed the God and Science debate for over twenty years, but not as a scientist.