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Where is God in a Coronavirus World? Paperback – April 20, 2020
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John Lennox is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School and an Adjunct Lecturer for The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is particularly interested in the interface of science, philosophy and theology. Lennox has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith against well known atheists including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Singer. He is the author of a number of books, including “Can Science Explain Everything?”
Os Guinness, Author, Fool's Talk and Unspeakable
"No voice in the Western world is clearer and wiser than that of John Lennox. For all who want to pause to think, this is the book to read."
Keith and Kristyn Getty, Songwriters
"A clear, compassionate and critical read for these times. This book will give those who believe renewed confidence in why they believe; and it will help those yet to believe to find the key answers they seek."
Melissa Kruger, Director of The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Initiatives
"The question, “Where is God in a coronavirus world?” is one many are asking in the midst of a world that seemingly changed overnight. Thankfully, John Lennox compassionately engages the problem of suffering with insight and understanding. His thoughtful analysis is a needed and welcome perspective in these difficult days.
Melissa Kruger, director of The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Initiatives."
J.D. Greear, President of the Southern Baptist Convention; author of Above All and Not God Enough
"Where Is God in a Coronavirus World is a timely, well written piece that helps us maintain perspective on eternity during these difficult times. John does a phenomenal job tackling some very important questions many of us and those around us are facing as COVID-19 continues to sweep across the globe. This is a biblical, gospel-centered reminder that God is still on his throne, and he is leading us into a world where all sad things will come untrue."
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- Item Weight : 2.22 ounces
- Paperback : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1784985694
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784985691
- Product Dimensions : 4.5 x 0.25 x 7 inches
- Publisher : The Good Book Company (April 20, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WHERE IS GOD IN A CORONAVIRUS WORLD?
Where is God In a Coronavirus World? Is a published book by mathematician and professor at the University of Oxford and is a fun fact, Northern Irish. I had no idea Northern Ireland was even a place. This book not only tells what God is doing in this current pandemic we find ourselves in right now but also how the attributes of a Christian can come into place.
The book, like all other books, begins in Chapter One. This chapter is entitled “Feeling Vulnerable”. Lennox talks about the plagues and epidemics in the past, and how Coronavirus compares to them. Since Lennox is in his seventies, it’s sensible that he feels vulnerable catching Coronavirus. But the last paragraph is themed, “Is God There?” Since churches are closed, now were closed because this book was written a few months ago since the churches were closed, Lennox points out where or whom we can get a source of hope. For me, reading this told me that God was the inspiration of hope in these troubled times.
“Cathedrals and Worldviews” is the title of the second chapter. This chapter talks about the moral and natural disasters, for an example, Professor Lennox talks about how humans aren’t directly responsible for natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes while moral disasters have men and women be directly responsible for acts of hate, terror, violence, abuse, and murder.
Now we're changing the subject to atheism as Chapter Three is called, “Can Atheism Help”. From my or a Christian's POV, it obviously sounds like, “no”. But when we’re asked why we tend to have a weak answer, so Lennox provides a more in-depth answer to get a better understanding. My best understanding is in the part, “Atheism Can’t Help You”.
Chapter Four is “How Can There Be Coronavirus If There Is A Loving God.” I think the main points come when Lennox, first says that humans are given the wonderful gift of free will. This allows humans to say yes or no and decide our actions to have a closer relationship with God. But free will also can lead to us using it in an evil way, which can cause moral disasters, maybe even natural disasters. So whether Coronavirus came from humans or animals, it still is from free will. The second point is when the Northern Irishman explains why things are the way there are. The reason for that is, when Adam and Eve first disobeyed God, the world turned itself away from God, and since God told them not to eat from the Tree Of Knowledge Of Good and Evil, but they did anyway, the world would die.
The second to last chapter is “The Evidence Of Love”. Again, there are two main points that factor into the lesson. Lennox talks about the Christian and biblical view on the evidence of love, justice, and the solution to the problem, which is the resurrection of Jesus. Then the different views of the word “corona” to which Jesus suffered for us.
The last, but not least, chapter six. “The Difference God Makes”, this chapter is about Lennox giving advice on how Christians should respond to the ongoing pandemic. He says to heed the advice, maintain perspective, love your neighbor, remember eternity, and finally, the climb.
This book was one of the only PERFECT books I’ve read. It has a thorough explanation, it is short, and it is structured well. I’m going to put out a disclaimer that this book isn’t as easy to understand as I have explained it. But what I have done to understand this book better is to write about it. I would recommend it to anyone but especially to all you atheist fools and people that think God is punishing them by this pandemic.
This is a very good and concise presentation of the biblical view of evil. Unfortunately John Piper’s book “Coronavirus and Christ”, in which he has many good things to say, appears to state that God is the cause of the coronavirus when he says “The coronavirus was sent, therefore, by God” (p. 42) and “to put it another way, everything happens because God wills it to happen” (p. 39).
Yes, it's short book. But it's impact will last a long time.
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He refutes the idea that God sent this virus to punish us but explains that this is a world that God created that allows bad things to happen but God never untended that they should happen. John Lennox explains this far better than me. It certainly is worth a read.