- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Lion Books; New Updated ed. edition (20 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745953719
- ISBN-13: 978-0745953717
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Paperback – 20 Mar 2009
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...Lennox is measured, careful and full of sweet reason. --Unknown
About the Author
John Lennox is Reader in Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green College. He has lectured in many universities around the world and is particularly interested in the interface of Science, Philosophy and Theology.
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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
Anyway, there are many good general qualities about this book already addressed by other reviewers. For me the most notable and pressing points of value that Lennox makes are the following:
1) There isn't a necessary tension between science and religion - rather between competing worldviews - most notably (for the purposes of this book) - naturalism and theism. Either one of these basic outlooks can use science legitimately to expand material knowledge, but either one can also quite easily end up using it selectively to fit in with it's ultimate assumptions and aims. So, prescriptive worldviews are the problem. (It was the Aristotelian worldview that Galileo had to overcome - held by secular academics as well as church authorities - not Christianity as such.)
2) 'God of the gaps' can actually be a tag given to naturalists in some cases ('evolution' of the gaps), where gaps in our knowledge are assumed to be obviously fillable by evolutionary processes, ahead of the necessary evidence. However, it can also be applied to areas where science has reached its distant shores and has been left with a logical impasse which it is impotent to cross using experimentation and naturalistic concepts. In other words, it is possible for science and reason to identify and demarkate areas that are inexplicable by scientific investigation itself (- in other words it's not merely a matter of time before they are fixed). There is one area (possibly among others) below where Lennox clearly seems to think that this has happened.Read more ›
On p. 166, he states "Is the scientific method not applicable everywhere?", as a criticism of biological sciences not accepting an arguement which he believes would be considered watertight in the physical sciences. Well, the answer is no, the method, or paradigm to use Kuhn's terminology, is not always the same accross different sciences.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm writing this as a Christian not only am I defending my faith I'm exposing lies how can science "bury" God if science can't even stick to its story on two subjects such... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SmartInc
Perfect. Delivered on time and the product was exactly as describedPublished 2 months ago by cormac
a fantastic book that leaves no stone unturned. Finally putting to bed any atheist arguement.Published 5 months ago by Daniel Wills
Ticked all the boxes - confusing in parts but an interesting read.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just wanted to see some articulate, concise and academic arguments against the atheist giants of Oxford, I thought who better than Oxford's very own John Lennox. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ManWithThePlan
Being a believer in God but not a scientist, I have felt that I have my doubts if science is able to disprove God, but am not equipped to argue back. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Penguin
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