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on 25 July 2013
John Lennox has written a great book here on the so called debate of science vs religion. He shows that the debate is not and never really was about this, but is about conflicting world views. He then does what a genuine scientist should do, which is to examine the evidence and follow where it leads. The problem, as he rightly points out, is that most of the scientific community rule out the existence of God as a possibility before they begin to examine the evidence - therefore their world view restricts the conclusions they can come to.
Lennox goes through different sciences, as well as a bit of history to show that if we really follow where the evidence leads, it points to a creator God.
A really good, well written and well argued book. Great to have as a reference in understanding what science actually says.
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on 6 September 2014
John Lennox provides us with this side of the argument. Here he takes us step by step along a path of logic and knowledge to not only an apologetic reply but a considered and forthright stand on sense and evidence.
It is a reply to the audacious argument that the science of things dismisses God because it provides an alternative description of how things came to be.
But a description is not an explanation and Lennox exposes this longstanding intellectual breach of understanding.
Thank you John Lennox for spending the time and putting it into words.
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on 20 November 2014
A most interesting subject dealt with in a professional and learned way by an author who has obviously done his homework and has the gift of being able to talk cogently in terms that I would not describe as simple but rather as thought provoking. This is a topic that requires concentration and much thought, and the author takes nothing for granted presenting his arguments in an even handed way. He does not dodge difficult issues and speaks authoritatively without being over-bearing or arrogant.
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on 2 December 2013
Excellent addition to the God v Science debate. Puts the issues in perspective from a christian point of view setting the real debate as theism v naturalism. Science being independent of the perspective of the scientist. Lennox agues clearly that the early advances in science were greatly helped by the view of a creator God held by these scientists.Well worth reading for those interested in the debate.
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on 2 February 2013
Excellent! One of the best books so far. He clearly shows that Atheism is a blind-faith and it is less consistent than any religion. I must say though, I enjoyed the debates more (Dawkins and Hitchens vs Lennox) because Lennox helped us to see the limitations of the New Atheist leaders. Prof. of Maths and sharp understanding of logic (he uses it well). I recommend this book to anyone (except Atheists, because they would take my recommendation as an insult: "I know it all, how dare you recommend me a book; kill him") ☺ I think the biggest problem of Atheists is `ego'. They cannot accept a superior principle (natural or supernatural).

There is nothing wrong with Atheism, provided that one knows that it is wrong ☺
In other words, if one assumes that Atheism is wrong, then there is nothing wrong with Atheism. So it is very consistent. Or is it? ☺
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on 25 June 2009
Lennox's book is a very thoughtful, cogent, well informed and well written critique of the Dawkins hypothesis (which Dawkins presumptuously regards as fact!)that complexity does not require design. Perhaps it's even the best of current critiques. He argues that the rationality and intelligibility of the universe support a design hypothesis. The observation of irreducible complexity argues against random evolution from nothing. Micro adaptation of existing species cannot be extrapolated into macro evolution of new species. Mathematical algorithms of biological systems require an external information input The Dawkins-Sober formulation also needs this external input and so fails to demonstrate a random blind process.

This is all interesting, relevant and cogent. The corresponding weaknesses are Lennox's frequent reliance on great scientists for their views about God. This in his own terms is a category error. Newton was a great scientist but supported cruel execution of criminals for financial crimes, Bacon accepted torture and Descartes practised vivisection. So their various scientific achievements do not qualify them as philosophers or theologians in other spheres. Almost everyone Lennox quotes has a Nobel prize for something but this point fails the 'so what?' question.

Lennox may have established a hypothesis for a god of the first information bit. But this is a very far fling from the personal God of Christianity which he then leaps to in his last chapter on the basis of absolutely nothing. Given the careful interesting dissection of his argument to that point, this is a disappointing leap devoid of the same careful logic and shows that Lennox too started with a world view - otherwise known as a prejudice.
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on 1 March 2008
This is definitely the best book i've read on the topic of atheism vs theism and the relationship of science between the two.
Dr John Lennox(who teaches philosophy of science and also mathematics at Oxford University) also dissects(very well) the likes of the fanatics such as Richard Dawkins and Peter Atkins and really takes them out using highly logical and scientific methods.
He deals with issues such scientism(the belief that whatever science explains is correct and all other wrong) and logical positivism in very logical and understandable ways(for me).
Also he discusses the implications of mathematics in the search for God and about the origin of life and DNA and evolution which are very interesting and thought-provoking read. He shows that evolution does not contradict the belief in God and that its only the fanatic and dogma minded atheists who think it does.
Definitely recommended for all theists and atheists alike and i hope that this book encourages more dialogue and further refutation of the atheists.
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on 23 September 2013
Well worth reading - excellent arguments put forth will make you think and not accept everything you are told. Good
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on 22 January 2013
Lennox is fantastically gifted at explaining things in a way I can understand... not being an Oxbridge professor myself, sometimes hefty theological/philosophical debate can be intimidating, but that is not the case with this book. I highly recommend it!
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