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Intended to provide a basis for discussion, this captivating study evaluates the evidence of modern science in relation to the debate between the atheistic and theistic resource addresses such topics as the origin of life; the genetic code and its origin; the nature and scope of evolution; and the scope and limits of science. Gripping and thoroughly argued, it is an illuminating look at one of man's greatest debates. This updated edition features 10 percent new content and a brand new forward from ...

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Overview

Intended to provide a basis for discussion, this captivating study evaluates the evidence of modern science in relation to the debate between the atheistic and theistic resource addresses such topics as the origin of life; the genetic code and its origin; the nature and scope of evolution; and the scope and limits of science. Gripping and thoroughly argued, it is an illuminating look at one of man's greatest debates. This updated edition features 10 percent new content and a brand new forward from the author.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780745953717
  • Publisher: Lion UK
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 158,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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John Lennox is a professor of mathematics and the philosophy of science at the University of Oxford. A popular Christian apologist and scientist, Lennox travels widely speaking on the interface between science and religion. He is the author of Christianity: Opium or Truth?, The Definition of Christianity, and Key Bible Concepts.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 War of the worldviews 15

2 The Scope and limits of science 31

3 Reduction, reduction, reduction... 47

4 Designer universe? 58

5 Designer biosphere? 78

6 The nature and scope of evolution 100

7 The origin of life 122

8 The genetic code and its origin 135

9 Matters of information 148

10 The monkey machine 163

11 The origin of information 174

12 Violating nature? The legacy of David Hume 193

Epilogue 207

References 211

Index 222

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Fantastic, but difficult.

    This book is absolutly amazing. It's difficult to read at times because the subject matters are rather tough. However, Lennox does an incredible job defending his faith while maintaining his scientific integrity (he has a triple doctorate). This man has answered the call from the militant atheist such as Hitchins, Dawkins, and Russel.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    A great summary for the scientific argument for God and creation

    The first time I heard of John Lennox was listening online to his debate against Richard Dawkins. Not only was he able to stand up to Dawkins's arguments, but he concluded with a sterling appeal to the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the final proof that God exists and has revealed himself to us. Dawkins responded that he was "disappointed" that Lennox would bring that matter up in a scientific debate, but I was encouraged. Later, hearing Lennox in person speaking in Washington State, I was further impressed by his knowledge, fluency, and ability to explain complex ideas to a popular audience.

    John Lennox is Professor in Mathematics in Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. In addition to being a leading mathematician and philosopher of science, Lennox is a committed Christian and an outspoken apologist. In addition to debating famous atheists like Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, Lennox speaks to popular audiences to encourage their faith in God and the biblical revelation.

    This recent book presents a strong case for God as the intelligent, powerful Creator of the universe. As an expert in mathematics, including probability and chaos theory, Lennox analyzes and explains the fine tuning of the physical forces and constants of the universe, and the information richness of the genetic code. These facts point to intelligent input. Lennox does not "argue from analogy, but [makes] an inference to the best explanation" (p. 175). This is not a "god of the gaps" argument, where, as science progresses, the need for "god" shrinks. Rather, it is an "atheism of the gaps" argument, as each new scientific advance provides more, not less, evidence for a divine, intelligent Creator.

    The book surveys the major areas of debate-the origin and design of the universe, the origin of life, the origin of the major types of life, and the information-rich content of the genetic code. In each of these areas Lennox documents his statements well, citing leaders in each field. He selects the strongest, not the weakest, argument of his opponents and treats them fairly. In all these diverse subject areas, he emphasizes the issues that relate to his own strength and expertise.

    Near the end of his book Lennox discusses the philosophical contribution of David Hume, who supposedly destroyed the argument for God based on the design found in various creatures. These pages summarize and state well the fallacy of Hume, and the emptiness of modern arguments by atheists who quote him.

    This book is fun to read, even though sometimes the reading is heavy. I recommend it to all who desire to argue for the existence and work of the God of the Bible. It also is helpful to all Christians who have feared that their beliefs somehow are unscientific or unreasonable.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    Understanding the Secular Humanist Argument

    I bought this book hoping to find a "silver bullet" -- an irrefutable argument -- to use to convince my friends who think that science has indeed buried God that their view is wrong. This book does not provide such an argument. Instead, Mr. Lennox masterfully presents the complexity of the arguments of today's secular humanist proponents, along with the subtle flaws and weaknesses in those agruments.
    One needs a good background in classical philosophy as well as in statistics and statistical inferrence to really follow the arguments presented, and I doubt that anyone who believes that science has proved that God is irrelevant will make the effort to follow the arguments presented here. While it is obvious that Mr. Lennox can hold his own in a debate with any of today's secular humanist proponents, winning the debate does not change the mind of one's opponent.
    The answer to the question posed in the title, "Has Science Buried God?" is obviously "No," since, given the evidence presented in this book, any unbiased jury would return a verdict of "Not Proven."

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    Intellectually Stimulating

    In a word - Amazing. Lennox is one of the most intelligent yet down to earth people. A must read.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    Brilliant, well written review of scientific conclusions

    -Lennox lays out a cogent argument from scientific rules that information cannot be derived from inert or biological physical material ... and the origin of this information which is required for natural processes to occur science has yet to answer.
    -The existential implications of what that means is discussed in the epilogue; however this is not within the realm of science to answer and in fact is incapable of answering.
    -For Lennox, science is unable to answer existential questions (pp 176 - 179): "these are things that the natural sciences cannot tell us ... However, as with so many other things beyond the competence of science, this does not mean that there is no evidence". An example not in the book is love: science cannot prove it's existence, it can only observe the evidence of it, but we know it exists.
    -Lennox uses observational scientific evidence to guide discussions on structures that cannot give any other answer than that of being intentionally designed in an irreducible construct that requires other structures to simultaneously exist in order to function. Ergo, evolution being ruled out as to the origin of said structures.
    -Lennox references several former atheist philosophers and scientists as well as those who are theists who have looked at the complexity of biological, chemical, and cosmological structures and have concluded that they could not have evolved. He contrasts those opinions with philosophers and scientists who look at the very same evidence and claim there is nothing to indicate that they did not evolve. As Lennox states, "Both views cannot be right." (p 175).
    -The physical evidence is the same for both camps. So why the difference? Lennox offers an opinion as follows: "... reluctance on the part of some scientists to make a design inference from the existence of information-rich biomolecules has less to do with science than it has to do with the implications of the design inference ... It is, therefore, a worldview issue ... [atheistic] scientists seem to be perfectly happy to make (scientific) design inferences to human or even alien agency; so the difficulty certainly does not lie in our capacity to make design inferences as such." (p 170.)
    -Again, science cannot answer existential questions about its observations. It can only tell us what could not possibly have happened: spontaneous evolution of life from pond chemicals, and the evolution of a simple organism to a more complex one, or of one type of organism to another. The information within chemicals, a simple organism, or a type required to support these theories of converting from one form to another did not exist within any of these three physical entities in order to enable them to change to a different mode of existence. Science dictates that in order for these theories to be true, information would have had to be added to the physical entities. Science dictates that physicality cannot produce additional information on its own that didn't already exist within itself (e.g., mutations and genetic copying errors actually decrease information, not add to it). A bird can grow a longer or shorter beak because it already has the information within it to do so ("micro"-evolution). A bird cannot change into a dinosaur because that would require adding information that it does not have, and a monkey cannot change into a human for the same reason ("macro"-evolution).

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