John Carson Lennox is a British mathematician, philosopher of science and Christian apologist who is Professor of Mathematics at the [1 ] University of Oxford. He is a Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He is also Pastoral Advisor of Green Templeton College and Fellow of Wycliffe Hall. He is a leading voice defending the notion of the relationship between science and religion. Early life [edit ]
John Lennox was born in 1945 in
Northern Ireland and brought up in Armagh where his father ran a store. He attended [2 ] The Royal School, Armagh, and went on to become Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where in 1962 he also attended the last lectures of C. S. Lewis on the poet John Donne. Lennox obtained an M.A. and PhD. degree at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a D.Sc. degree in mathematics by the University of Cardiff for his research. Lennox furthermore holds a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford and an M.A. degree in bioethics at the University of Surrey. [3 ] Career [edit ]
Lennox has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith, including debates with
Christopher Hitchens, Michael Shermer, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Victor Stenger, Michael Tooley, Stephen Law, and Peter Singer. The debate in 2007 against atheist Richard Dawkins, on the topic of Dawkins' book The God Delusion, was broadcast to millions worldwide, and was described by the Wall Street Journal as "a revelation: in Alabama, a civil debate over God's existence".
Upon completing his doctorate, Lennox moved to
Cardiff, Wales, becoming a reader in Mathematics at the University of Wales, Cardiff. During his 29 years in Cardiff he spent a year at each of the universities of Würzburg, Freiburg (as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow) and Vienna and has lectured extensively in both Eastern and Western Europe, Russia and North America on mathematics, apologetics and the exposition of Scripture. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles on mathematics and co-authored two Oxford Mathematical Monographs and has worked as a translator of Russian mathematics.
Lennox also teaches
science and religion in the University of Oxford. He is the author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics, the most recent of which are: Informetika (2001), [4 ] Hat die Wissenschaft Gott begraben? ( Has Science Buried God?) (2002), [5 ] Worldview (2004) with D. W. Gooding (3 volumes in Russian and Ukrainian). His most recent book is God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? (2011). He has spoken in many different countries, in conferences and as an academic fellow including numerous trips to the former Soviet Union. On 14 March 2012 he presented an edition of the Lent Talks for BBC Radio Four. Debates [edit ]
Lennox is a
Christian academic and has participated in a number of public debates against individuals including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Krauss and Michael Shermer. On 3 October 2007, Lennox debated with Richard Dawkins at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama on Dawkins's views expressed in his book, . The God Delusion [6 ] [7 ] [8 ] Professors Lennox and Dawkins had a follow-up discussion in April 2008 at Trinity College, Oxford to expand upon topics left undeveloped during The God Delusion Debate. [9 ] [10 ] On 9 August 2008, Lennox debated with Christopher Hitchens at the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland on the question of whether or not Europe should jettison its religious past and welcome the " New Atheism." [11 ] [12 ] On 23 August 2008, Lennox debated with Michael Shermer at the Wesley Conference Centre in Sydney, Australia on the existence of God. [13 ] [14 ] On 21 October 2008, Lennox debated with Richard Dawkins for the second time at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the site of the 1860 Oxford evolution debate between Thomas Henry Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce. The debate was titled "Has Science Buried God?" and centred on that question. [15 ] [16 ] [17 ] called the event "Huxley-Wilberforce, Round Two." The Spectator [18 ] On 3 March 2009, Lennox debated with Christopher Hitchens for the second time at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama on the question "Is God Great?" The debate addressed the validity of some of Hitchens' claims in his book . God is Not Great [19 ] [20 ] [21 ] Personal life [edit ]
Lennox speaks English, Russian, French, German and Spanish. He is married to Sally and has three children and five grandchildren.
He has a brother named Gilbert Lennox, an elder in Glennabbey Church, [22 ] Glengormley. The recording artist [23 ] Kristyn Getty is John's niece, being Gilbert's daughter. Lennox is a devout and vocal Christian who has also taken part in many apologetic conferences and debates where he debates with other scientists concerning the existence of God and the compatibility of God with a scientific worldview. He has also lectured on the topic of doubt and the problems of evil and suffering. Works [edit ] Subnormal subgroups of groups, John C. Lennox and Stewart E. Stonehewer. Oxford : Clarendon, 1987. ISBN 0-19-853552-X / ISBN 978-0-19-853552-2 Key Bible Concepts, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Port Colborne : Gospel Folio Press, 1997. ISBN 1882701410 / ISBN 9781882701414 Christianity Opium or Truth, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Port Colborne : Gospel Folio Press, 1997. ISBN 1882701461 / ISBN 9781882701469 The Definition of Christianity, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Port Colborne : Gospel Folio Press, 2001. ISBN 1882701429 / ISBN 9781882701421 The Theory of Infinite Soluble Groups, John C. Lennox, University of Oxford, and Derek J. S. Robinson, University of Illinois, 2004 | 458 p | Clarendon Press, ISBN 0-19-850728-3 / ISBN 978-0-19-850728-4 God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, John C. Lennox, Lion UK, Updated edition (1 September 2009)| 224 p | ISBN 0-7459-5371-9 The Bible & Ethics, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Ontario : Myrtlefield Trust, 2011. Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science, John C. Lennox, Zondervan (9 August 2011) | 192p | ISBN 0-310-49217-3 God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?, John C. Lennox, Lion UK, 1st edition (1 September 2011) | 96 p | ISBN 0-7459-5549-5 Gunning for God: A Critique of the New Atheism, John C. Lennox, Lion UK, 1st edition (1 October 2011) | 248 p | ISBN 0-7459-5322-0 References [edit ] ^ "Recognition of Distinction". Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. 29 July 2008 . Retrieved 2009-07-15. ^ Billen, Andrew, God is a person not a theory, The Times, 17 November 2010 ^ "About John Lennox". JohnLennox.org Website . Retrieved 2012-05-13. ^ Budapest: Harmat-Keve ^ Brockhaus, 2002 (Spanish Clie 2003) ^ "The God Delusion Debate (Dawkins-Lennox)". Fixed Point Foundation . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ Naomi Schaefer Riley (12 October 2007). "A Revelation: In Alabama, A Civil Debate Over God's Existence". The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ Joanna Sugden (4 October 2007). "Richard Dawkins Debates in the Bible Belt". Times Online . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "Conversation between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox". RichardDawkins.net . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "Dawkins-Lennox Radio Interview at Trinity College". Fixed Point Foundation . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "Edinburgh International Festival 2008 Looks To European Identity". EdinburghGuide.com . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "New Europe, New Atheism?". Wet Lenses . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "The Great Debate: Does God Exist?". Centre for Public Christianity . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "Public Lectures, forums and debates with Dr. John Lennox". Centre for Public Christianity . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "Has Science Buried God?". Fixed Point Foundation . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ Melanie Phillips (23 October 2008). "Is Richard Dawkins Still Evolving?". The Spectator . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ ". BBC Oxford. 15 October 2008 'Has Science Buried God? '" . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ Melanie Phillips (12 June 2008). "Huxley-Wilberforce, Round Two". The Spectator . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "Is God Great?". Fixed Point Foundation . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ Greg Garrison (28 February 2009). "Christopher Hitchens argues against existence of God at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama". The Birmingham News . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ Katherine Weaver (4 March 2009). "Christian and atheist face off in debate". The Samford Crimson . Retrieved 2009-11-03. ^ "The God Delusion Debate (Dawkins-Lennox)". Fixed-point.org . Retrieved 2012-04-12. ^ See http://www.fixed-point.org/index.php/itbspeakers External links [edit ]