An inspiring new perspective on the science versus religion debate.
Can science explain everything? Many people think so. Science, and the technologies it has spawned, has delivered so much to the world: clean water; more food; better healthcare; longer life. And we live in a time of rapid scientific progress that holds enormous promise for many of the problems we face as humankind. So much so, in fact, that many see no need or use for religion and belief systems that offer us answers to the mysteries of our universe. Science has explained it, they assume. Science and religion just do not mix.
Oxford Maths Professor and Christian believer Prof. John Lennox offers a fresh way of thinking about science and Christianity that dispels the common misconceptions about both. He reveals that not only are they not opposed, but they can and must mix to give us a fuller understanding of the universe and the meaning of our existence.
TABLE OF CONTENT
1.Can you be a scientist and believe in God?
2. How did we get here from Newton to Hawking
3. Mythbusters I: Religion depends on faith but science doesn´t
4. Mythbusters II: Science depends on reason but Christianity doesn´t
5. Can we really take the Bible seriously in a scientifically literate world?
6. Miracles: A step to far?
7. Can you trust what you read?
8. How to disprove Christianity
9. The personal dimension
10. Entering the laboratory: Testing the truth of Christianity
This book has been written in response to many young people and adults who have asked for an introduction to the “Science and God debate” that would be more accessible than my book God’sUndertaker: Has Science Buried God? In addition, many of them asked me to deal more specifically with the relationship between Christianity and science as distinct from restricting myself to evidence for the existence of God. I hope they will find this little book goes some way to meeting their requests.
“Recent books touting atheism have been grounded more on dyspepsia than on dispassionate reason. In this book John considers the best, most recent science from physics and biology, and demonstrates that the picture looks far different from what we’ve been told.” —Michael Behe, author, Darwin’s Black Box, on God’s Undertaker
“A brilliantly argued re-evaluation of the relation of science and religion, casting welcome new light on today’s major debates. A must-read for all reflecting on the greatest questions of life.” —Alister McGrath, author, Glimpsing the Face of God on God’s Undertaker
John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on Faith and Science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has lectured in many universities around the world, including Austria and the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in the interface of Science, Philosophy and Theology. Lennox has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith. He debated Richard Dawkins on “The God Delusion” in the University of Alabama (2007) and on “Has Science buried God?” in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival, 2008) and the question of “Is God Great?” (Samford University, 2010), as well as Peter Singer on the topic of “Is there a God?” (Melbourne, 2011). John is the author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife Sally live near Oxford.