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God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Paperback – September 1, 2009
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I haven't read Lennox' previous books, so I don't know how far he has gone this way before, but it seems a gutsy move. (When he begins the section on biology, aware of the acrimony that has surrounded the evolution debate, he taps out his own tongue in cheek epitath: "Here lies the body of John Lennox . . . ") Oxford was once the home of Wesley and Boyle and Lewis, but Richard Dawkins casts a shadow there now -- one member of the science faculty told me maybe 60% of his colleagues agree more or less with Dawkins, whether they've read him or not. And unlike Alister McGrath (who however has the class and good taste to recommend this book), Lennox is more in the Intelligent Design camp than "theistic evolution" or "biologos." But the term "camp" here is misleading: to Lennox, the search for truth seems less a "darwinian" competition between fortified and hostile foes lobbying shells at one another, but as a genial and informed dialectical journey among pilgrims.
The book covers all the main questions: the nature of science, origin of the universe, anthropic "coincidences," origin of life, mutations, fossils. Lennox dialogues with Dawkins, as one would expect, and with many leading scientific thinkers. The prose is clear as a mountain creek tumbling over stones.
The main weakness of the book, in my view, has to do with Lennox' discussion of Intelligent Design.Read more ›
Lennox begins God's Undertaker by making a critical distinction between science and materialist/naturalist philosophy that, in and of itself, provides a resounding response in the negative to the question posed in the book's subtitle (Has science buried God?). Lennox explains that science in an uncontaminated form seeks exclusively to explore the universe by examining its physical properties and apparent laws without making claims about what might or might not exist beyond its own domain. Science therefore neither rules out nor affirms the existence of the supernatural. Naturalism, on the other hand, is philosophically bound to a preconceived notion regarding the nature of reality; namely that it is limited exclusively to the substantial and, consequently, that truth can only be found through an examination of material phenomenon. In short, it is naturalism, not science, which is at odds with theism.Read more ›
What is so important about this book is that it does not counter the popular rhetoric and sloganeering (characteristic of many of those who believe that naturalism is the world view that is the logical consequence of science) with more of the same. In his careful and systematic examination of the scientific evidence Dr Lennox shows that science is not only highly consistent with a theistic world view, but even points towards it. To this end he takes us on a journey that considers the history and limits of science, as well as many of its most up-to-date findings including modern evolutionary theory, design theory, irreducible complexity and information theory. Bringing to bear his analytical and logical skills as a research mathematician, he also exposes many fallacious arguments that are often used to "prove" that science has buried God.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who seriously wishes both to understand the real nature of the debate that is currently receiving much exposure in the media, and to come to a conclusion based on evidence and reason rather than prejudice and emotion.
Professor of Pure Mathematics
University of York, UK
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Such a good book to have on my shelf to give to people I pastor who have genuine questions and are seeking genuine answers. I have given many copies away over the last few years.Published 15 days ago by Timothy Biasetto
This was a great read. John Lennox is able to bring complex topics to a place where they become clear and concise. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Downlinerz2
Scientific Evidence Trumps Philosophical Argumentation:
Of all the different philosophical proofs of God's existence, I found the various versions of the Cosmological... Read more
I thought that he gives a pretty good argument for creation. That is, there's a greater chance of design instead of random occurence. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Kay
Great book. Highly recommended.
And nice try by those in the evolutionary theory belief system in their attempted but lacking rebuttals. Read more
This book should be read by any Christian who has ever been troubled by the claim that science is incompatible with his religion and by any atheist who thinks that science confirms... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Travis Lambert
It confuses me still, and maybe it's just my level of understanding, how exactly science has buried God. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer