“I would want to drive a very big hole in their [non-Christians] notion that science has somehow made it impossible to believe in God.” John Lennox
“’In the beginning was the Word.’ This is a word-based universe. In Genesis 1 God, who of course could have done everything at once, did it in sequence. He spoke. Then He spoke again. And He spoke again.” Ibid
“Living objects…look designed, they look overwhelmingly as though they’re designed.” Richard Dawkins, Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, 1991…Quoted in John Lennox, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, p. 77
“Dawkin’s absolute: ‘It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).’” God’s Undertaker, p. 93
“Now we know that the cell is chock full of sophisticated nanotechnology, literally machines made from molecules. The same goes for the universe. In Darwin’s era the universe was thought to be pretty simple. Now we know its basic laws are balanced on a razor’s edge to allow for life…The more we know about nature, the more design we see.” Michael Behe, World magazine, July 21, 2007, p. 15
Oxford professor offers a different Creation theory
John Lennox, 73, is an Oxford University professor of mathematics and philosopher of science. He has written apologetics books such as Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists Are Missing the Target and Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science.
We spoke before Lennox gave a lecture at The University of Texas at Austin. I began by asking what students could learn from courageous Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: Lennox writes about them in his latest book, Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism.
If a graduate student in biology understands that God created the world but decides to pretend he’s a Darwinian—“I’ll get my Ph.D., then get tenure, so I can help someone down the road”—is that wrong?This is not an easy question to answer.
That’s why I’m asking it.We are told what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did, but we are not told how to apply it. You don’t always protest credibly by simply being in your face with people and saying, “I don’t believe X, Y, and Z.” It depends a lot on the person. I’ve had full professors weeping in my presence saying, “My colleagues have silenced me.” I’ve had bright graduate students saying, “We’re doing biology, and if we were to even suggest that we have a very dimensional Christian faith, we’d be looked at negatively, so we have to be very careful.” I would agree with that, but I think silence cannot be the answer because in my experience people who say, “I’ll wait until I get tenure” or “I’ll wait until I become CEO,” etc.—it never happens. Continue reading