Monday, June 24, 2013

John Lennox... who?

I'm continuing to follow the online debate about the Ball State course offered by physicist Eric Hedin (latest update here).  His "honors" course syllabus, and a course in the Astronomy department require a book by John Lennox called God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

It didn't take long to discover (heh) that he is heavily on the side of Godly doings in the design, or creation, or running the universe.  The conservative D.C. rag, the Washington Times, ran an interview with him in 2011: 
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/not-your-average-read/2011/aug/3/john-lennox-peter-singer-stephen-hawking-genesis/

Summary:  This guy shared the stage with Behe and Ross in Alabama, at a conference called In the Beginning.  Blech!  He appeared (briefly) in that Ben Stein movie about the poor downtrodden Christian teachers who promote creationism (Ex-pe-LL-e.d), and he believes in God because he doesn't like the alternative:

“[p]erhaps there is a subtle danger today that, in their desire to eliminate the concept of a Creator completely, some scientists and philosophers have been led, albeit unwittingly, to re-deify the universe by endowing matter and energy with creative powers that they cannot be convincingly shown to possess. Banishing the One Creator God they would then end up with what has been described as the ultimate in polytheism – a universe in which every particle has god-like capacities” (pg. 51).
Excuse me?  The One Creator God?  Who would this be? Yahweh?  Allah?  Zeus?  A really really big turtle?

Oh... there must be something to create something, despite what Hawking and Krauss say:

“Which simply shows – as I said in my book [God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway?] – that nonsense remains nonsense even if a scientist says it.”

Hawking, who in 2009 retired from holding Isaac Newton’s old chair at Cambridge, also said that heaven is “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Lennox quipped in response, “Well if you want a one liner to answer it, atheism is a fairy story for people afraid of the light.”
Is this really someone who will give the atheistic viewpoint a fair shake?  Let's take a look at his website:  http://johnlennox.org/

About:  He has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity and he has also participated in a number of televised debates with some of the world’s leading atheist thinkers...
i.e., he debates only against atheists because he's a theist.  His website has a section on apologetics
He is a mathematician, not a physicist, biologist, or even a theologian!  His next appearance (in a few hours) will be at the U.K.'s national prayer breakfast, and next month he will be in Ohio at something called Xenos Summer Institute (which promotes "home groups" -- sounds creepy and cultish!)
The debate in the Hedin story involves many threads, but there has been no voice claiming that Hedin is not teaching creationism.  Requiring that students purchase this book is a pretty good sign.

Speaking of debate, check out Lennox debating Dawkins (long):

7 comments:

Chris Camia said...

Jus' teaching the *controversy* at good ol' Ball St. Hopefully the book is free and it's supplemented with real science. Awesome.

Kriss

L.Long said...

Lennox says....Blah--BlahBlah0blahblah.Blah...Yada-yada-yada...I'm to scared to think that complexity can come from non-god stuff because I may be called a mathematician but I've never looked at things really well (e.i. fractals) so I think-Gawd did it.
As stated ...just cuz a math dude says doesn't mean it aint stupid!

Same old gawd-bot BS. STOP!!!! stomping on any of the sciences you dumb arsed idiots and show us some POSITIVE proof for your pathetic sky-fairy who cares more about what I do with my penis then it does does about women or children.

LadyAtheist said...

...and in other news: Ball State has hired another creationist

Christian said...

Since I saw thie first post about this, I have been interested. After seeing the debate, I am not sure how they are able to rationalize the use of Lennox's book in a science class.

LadyAtheist said...

The more I look into it, the worse it appears.

John Doe said...

God is not dead. He is very much alive. Jesus Christ loves you and nothing can change that

LadyAtheist said...

Thanks, but Thor loves me more!