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Lennox Continues His Defense of the Creator
on December 24, 2014
Lennox has proven himself here and elsewhere, especially with God's Undertaker, to be a brilliant mathematician and thinker. This book tackles a broad spectrum of creation and life. Lennox approaches the subject from the view point of the initial chapters of Genesis. He discusses competing theories about how the world came into existence and exists. These include varying interpretive approaches to Genesis from Biblical scholars and from atheistic scientists and philosophers. Lennox, rather than turning up a big stone, kicks many smaller stones in an attempt to shine a light on evidence for a Creator that is the Biblical God.
Lennox displays expertise in the areas of these stones he kicks up. He has read Biblical theology and commentaries, scientists, philosophers, professors of various fields, etc., He is a battle-tested defender of the Christian faith having debated Richard Dawkins and others. His writing and assertions are at a high caliber of intelligence and cogency. I think they could be better focused to make a narrower yet stronger case for his theories on creation and life. Nevertheless, his voice offers strong support to the Biblical worldview, whether readers disagree in whole or in part. Lennox provides a message that must be dealt with by advocates of other views that want to maintain legitimacy.
A shortcoming for me is the lengthy discussion and refutation that occurs with Old Testament Biblical scholar John Walton with whom I was unfamiliar. I imagine those familiar with Walton may find the 15 pages more fruitful than I did. I'm not sure Lennox is in his best arena debating Walton who seems to be a renowned and prodigiously published Old Testament scholar.
I think the final appendix that discusses Theistic Evolution and the God of the Gaps was the strongest section of the book. I encourage readers to read this section, as it is every worthwhile.
This book is interesting and substantive and will spark more thinking and research by readers.
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