Has Science Buried God? – Address by Prof. John Lennox at Rice University


 

 

Recorded 7:00 PM CT Monday, September 28 2015 at Rice University.

 

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John Lennox – Did Science Kill God?

 

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Dr. John Lennox – National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2013

2013 Keynote address – Professor John Lennox from Bible Society on Vimeo.

 

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Video: Professor John Lennox – The God Debate – Oxford Union Society

 

 

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Gospel Folio Press Announces eBooks

True Discipleship Gospel Folio PressRecently, on the Why We Web Blog, I gave 5 reasons why I believe the time has come to make the switch from traditional books to eBooks.

Late yesterday afternoon I received an email from Gospel Folio Press announcing the availability of many of their titles in eBook format. Needless to say this came as very welcome news! Gospel Folio Press is a publisher of reliable Christian literature written by reliable authors. The list of GFP authors includes such names as William MacDonald, David Gooding, John Lennox, and T. Ernest Wilson.

According to GFP’s email a selection of eBooks are already available in three different formats:

This morning when I visited Amazon’s website to browse GFP’s Kindle titles I was amazed to find 118 of their titles listed. IMHO that is an impressive start and is a strong indication of GFP’s commitment to eBooks and the Kindle platform. While on Amazon’s site I purchased True Discipleship by William MacDonald. The process worked flawlessly and within a minute or two I was reading brother MacDonald’s excellent book.

If you haven’t made the switch to eBooks yet, today you have one more reason to make the switch.

 

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Don’t Know Much About Philosophy?

A while ago I had underscored the abundance of tools we have online, which allows us to learn in community, from history, and across multiple platforms. We can use these digital tools to broaden our knowledge, strengthen our convictions, and help us help others.

But learning from history isn’t the end of it you know: we also have to learn to do some seriously hard thinking.

In this post, I want to link to some great resources which I’ll categorize separately but readily admit that there’s a bunch of cross-pollination going on.

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Entry Level Theological Truth [15]

Entry Level Theological Truth 15 Earth NASA

“Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.” Genesis 2:10-14

 

God created this world with abundant natural resources – chief among them is water. Astronomers and physicists continue to search for this life-sustaining commodity among the planets. Amazingly, it is quite rare, unless you happen to live on earth where it is common. This is not surprising, for the universe itself manifests many instances of fine tuning. In other words, but for the Almighty’s creative mind and power superintending the physical processes of the creation, life would have been impossible.

 


A Unique Planet With Divine Fingerprints All Over It



 

John Lennox, an Oxford mathematician and Christian believer, points to the scientific understanding of this fine tuning of the universe in his book, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, quoting fellow mathematician Sir Roger Penrose in these words:

Try to imagine the phase space…of the entire universe. Each point in this phase space represents a different possible way that the universe might have started off. We are to picture the Creator, armed with a ‘pin’ – which is to be placed at some point in the phase space…Each different positioning of the pin provides a different universe. Now the accuracy that is needed for the Creator’s aim depends on the entropy of the universe that is thereby created. It would be relatively ‘easy’ to produce a high entropy universe, since then there would be a large volume of the phase space available for the pin to hit. But in order to start off the universe in a state of low entropy – so that there will indeed be a second law of thermodynamics – the Creator must aim for a much tinier volume of the phase space. How tiny would this region be, in order that a universe closely resembling the one in which we actually live would be the result?’

His calculations lead him to the remarkable conclusion that the ‘Creator’s aim’ must have been accurate to 1 part in 10 to the power of 10123, that is 1 followed by 10123 zeros, a ‘number which it would be impossible to write out in the usual decimal way, because even if you were able to put a zero on every particle in the universe there would not even be enough particles to do the job’.*

Citing astrophysicist Hugh Ross, Dr. Lennox affirms that the chances of a life-sustaining planet like earth existing are 1 in 1030.

 


The Sound Of Many Waters



 

The rivers, oceans, and rainfall all show that God providentially designed this planet with mankind’s well-being in mind. As Paul told the Lycaonians: “Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17.) Yet in spite of the Lord’s kindness towards human beings, people frequently squander – sometimes ignorantly and sometimes intentionally – the resources that the Creator has placed on the earth.

At times one group of people with-hold needed water and food from others to advance their own cruel political and social agendas (one thinks of Stalin’s treatment of Ukraine’s wheat in the 1930s, Mobutu Sese Seko’s plundering of Zaire’s mineral wealth in the 1980s-90s, and Qaddafi’s theft of Libyan oil over his three decades of tyranny, to name but a few examples.) In spite of these all too common instances of human evil, it does not change the fact that God fashioned this planet to meet man’s needs. This ought to produce thankfulness, “for in Him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28.)

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*John C. Lennox, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2007, p. 70.

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Jottings – Not a Leap in the Dark

"Faith is not a leap in the dark; it's the exact opposite. It's a commitment based on evidence... It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion" -John Lennox

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Found at Faith Interface

For more of Dr. John Lennox’s materials visit his website at johnlennox.org and The Veritas Forum.

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Update: 2011 Rise Up Conference

Lynn's Chronicles and Dr. John Lennox

Lynn & Dr. Lennox

I wanted to write a review of the 2011 Rise Up Conference that was held December 27-30 in Charlotte, NC. Yet, here we are more than halfway through January and I still haven’t posted a review! You may remember that I recommended this event to the readers of Digital Sojourner way back in early November and again in early December.

While at the conference I had the privilege of meeting Lynn of the blog Lynn’s Chronicles. In her blog Lynn writes about two of her favorite subjects, the Bible and Southern Gospel Music. Recently, Lynn posted an excellent two part review of Rise Up Conference. In Part One she describes her experience at the conference, and then in Part Two

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Website Review: KeyBibleConcepts.org

Key Bible Concepts One of the great benefits of the internet is the ability to quickly, easily, and inexpensively disseminate high quality literature. However, if you have spent any time on the internet, you will know that the major obstacle is identifying and locating reliable and trustworthy literature.

Sure, you could use a search engine (such as Google or Bing) to help locate material online regarding the topic you are interested in. However, search engines will not distinguish between Biblical truth and heresy. Online (and offline) we must remember to follow the example of the Bereans (Acts 17:11) who searched the scriptures daily to see whether the things they heard were true or not.

Here at Digital Sojourner we are constantly on the lookout for websites and other digital resources that we believe are worthy of your attention. Digital tools that we believe are helpful to the child of God. Of course, our recommendation is not a substitute for being a good Berean.

According to Lukewww.keybibleconcepts.org is an excellent example of a website that provides high quality and reliable literature for those who are seriously seeking the things of God. The website features ten full length books written by Professor David Gooding and Professor John Lennox. Each book is freely available via PDF download. There is no cost whatsoever. The site does not require you to create an account, or even provide an email address. Simply select the book you are interested in and begin reading!

Available titles include: According to Luke, by Professor David Gooding. This book carefully examines the literary structure used by Luke to present the person and work of Christ. In Opium or Truth Professors Gooding & Lennox examine the obstacles in accepting Christianity that many thoughtful people have expressed.

I could continue to list the available resources, but why not visit the site yourself to see what is available and then let us know in the comments what your favorite book is!

Note: Most of the books at www.keybibleconcepts.org are available in traditional print format from Gospel Folio Press at very reasonable prices.

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