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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310494605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310494607
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College.

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John C. Lennox (PhD, DPhil, DSc) is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is author of God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? on the interface between science, philosophy, and theology. He lectures extensively in North America and in Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science, and the intellectual defense of Christianity, and he has publicly debated New Atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. John is married to Sally; they have three grown children and four grandchildren and live near Oxford.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vet with a mission on 30 Dec. 2013
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In the introduction to this book John Lennox describes how he once met a brilliant professor of literature from a country where it was not easy to discuss the Bible publically. The professor was intrigued that John Lennox was a scientist who believed the Bible and very politely asked a question: "We were taught at school that the Bible starts with a very silly unscientific story of how the world was made in seven days. What do you have to say about that as a scientist?" John Lennox goes on to say that this book is written for people like her, who have been putting off even considering the Christian faith for this kind of reason. It is also written for many convinced Christians who are disturbed by the controversy and by the fact that those who take the Bible seriously do not agree on the interpretation of the creation account.

The first chapter draws lessons from history and looks at the challenge that the scientific theory put forward by Galileo that the earth was moving posed to the generally accepted biblical view of the sixteenth century.

The second chapter looks at some principles of biblical interpretation and applies them to the controversy. The third chapter looks more at the seven days and how they can be considered. In doing this the author carefully analyses the different ways that the creation account is interpreted, as well as considering the views of the church fathers. The conclusion is that the biblical text is probably far more nuanced than we usually consider it to be.

The forth chapter considers the place of humans in the creation account and more particularly the fall and the resulting entry of death.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By RMB on 3 Oct. 2011
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This book focuses on the creation account given in the early part of the book of Genesis and seeks to interpret it treating the text as authoritative scripture. Professor John Lennox makes the case for allowing scientific knowledge to influence this, where different interpretations are possible. To illustrate this he spends a couple of chapters covering the historic case of how opinion changed to accept that the earth is not fixed in space and that this is consistent with scripture even though many people initially thought not. He then goes on to explain different models of how Genesis has been interpreted and to argue which view fits both science and the biblical text the best. He argues for old earth creationism with progressive literal 24 hour creation days separated by long periods in between. On these days he sees God as providing information and energy to get life started and cause major changes followed by periods of micro-evolution with human beings created as an act of special creation. His position therefore seems to be one of 'intelligent design.' He then goes on to give the theological message of Genesis 1. The main part of the book is then followed by 5 annexes covering some issues in more detail. The book is short and concise at 192 pages (smaller pages then normal) including the annexes and is easy to read and clear. In my opinion he certainly says a lot of wise and insightful things and I think most people would learn something from reading his book. However, I wasn't convinced by some of his arguments. One of the key problems with his interpretation is Origen's observation that the Sun was created/made on day 4. This is a problem for 'days' 1 to 3.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gwyndoug on 9 Aug. 2013
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As a Christian I often consider this topic and am not sure what to believe. Scientists want one version, theologians another. This is a clear explanation and from a theologian scientist. Excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale Lodge on 23 Nov. 2012
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The book is very well argued, but in parts leaves me wishing for more detail. An interesting response to Lennox's views can be found in a book review on Answers In Genesis website.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By rossuk TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2011
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John C Lennox is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. His first three books focused on the arguments of the New Atheist's. Now he looks at the Genesis account of creation, using the lens of both science and theology. I am an old earth creationist and I adopt the framework view on Gen 1 which Lennox discusses. He has five chapters and five appendices.

1. But does it move? A Lesson from history.
2. But does it move? A lesson from scripture.
3. But is it old? The days of creation.
4. Human beings: a special creation?
5. The message of Genesis 1

Appendices
A. A brief background to Genesis.
B. The cosmic temple view
C. The beginning according to Genesis and science.
D. Two accounts of creation?
E. Theistic evolution and the God of the gaps.

The book is also endorsed by Alvin Plantinga, Ravi Zacharias and Paul Copan among others. This book will suit Christians who have a science background and/or have an interest in science and religion.

NB. Appendix E has an extended discussion on theistic evolution. I would regard myself as a theist evolutionist and Lennox discusses this issue at length. He does refer to Paul Davies, Dennis Alexander and Francis Collins. His analysis on theistic evolution is worth the price of this book.

Appendix B. On the cosmic temple view on Gen 1-3, i.e. it is God's sanctuary. I think that there is some truth to this, in that Rev 21-22 shows the New Jerusalem as a place in which God dwells. The parallels with Eden should be obvious.
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