by Denyse O'Leary
It is unfortunate that Oxford mathematician John C. Lennox's book, God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (Lion, 2007) has received so little attention in North America. (It originally appeared in German, later English).
Although well respected as a mathematician and a Christian apologist, Lennox, who had been an atheist in his youth, is currently best known for his debate with Richard Dawkins (More information here).
God's Undertaker is a solid contribution to the debate over design in the universe and life forms. It comes down clearly and without waffling on the side of design, but what impresses me is that Lennox manages to avoid a number of sinkholes that have engulfed many other fine contemporary minds.
Who is John C. Lennox?
John C. Lennox MA MA (Bioethics) DPhil. Ph.D. DSc.
John Lennox is Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green College, Visiting Fellow at the Mathematical Institute, and Lecturer at Wycliffe-Hall, all at the University of Oxford. He Studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University and was subsequently Reader in Pure Mathematics in the University of Wales at Cardiff. He has been a Senior Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Wuerzburg and Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. He has published over 70 articles in Algebra (Group Theory) and co-authored two research monographs in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series - "The Theory of Subnormal Subgroups" (with S.E. Stonehower) 1987 and "The Theory of Infinite Soluble Groups" (with D.J.S. Robinson) 2004. He is currently particularly interested in the interface between science, philosophy and theology and lectures in Science and Religion at Oxford University.
Next: Part Two What a design argument is - and what it isn't
Part One Introduction God's Undertaker?: Well, you know, that undertaker is 001 in the unemployment line, ... and still waiting
Part Two What a design argument is - and what it isn't
Part Three Information is the key to understanding
Part Four What, if anything, is the use of creationism? Plenty!
Part Five God's Undertaker - little known but much recommended!
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