Biography – John Lennox
John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.
He studied at the Royal School Armagh, Northern Ireland and was Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University from which he took his MA and PhD. He worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a DSc for his research. He also holds a DPhil from Oxford University and an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey. He was a Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Freiburg in Germany. In addition to over seventy published mathematical papers he is the co-author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.
His most recent book, on the interface between science, philosophy and theology, is God’s Undertaker – Has Science Buried God?, Oxford, Lion-Hudson 2009. He has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defence of Christianity.
He debated Richard Dawkins on The God Delusion in the University of Alabama (2007) and on Has Science buried God? in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival 2008) and in Samford University, Alabama on the question: Is God Great?
His hobbies are languages, amateur astronomy, amateur bird-watching and some walking. John is married to Sally, they have three grown up children and four grandchildren and live near Oxford.
Publications by Professor John Lennox
This book evaluates the evidence of modern science in relation to the debate between the atheistic and theistic interpretations of the universe, and provides a fresh basis for discussion. The book has grown out of the author’s lengthy experience of lecturing and debating on this subject in the UK, USA, Germany and Russia, and has been written in response to endless requests for the argumentation in written form. Chapters include: 1-War of the worldviews, 2-The scope and limits of science, 3-Gods, gaps and goblins, 4-Designer universe, 5-Designer biosphere, 6-The nature and scope of evolution, 7-The origin of life, 8-The genetic code and its origin, 9-Matters of information, 10-Taming chance without intelligence, 11-The origin of information.
This short book is more than just a critical analysis of the deep question posed in the title. It is a scientific detective story, which keeps the reader on his toes as the evidence is put in place bit by bit. John Lennox reaches his final conclusion in grand Hercule Poirot style, revealing the answer that he sees as the only possible solution to the pieces of evidence he has amassed along the way. If you begin this book thinking the answer to the question in the title is ‘No’, you will enjoy this masterful collecting of the evidence. If you begin it thinking it is ‘Yes’, maybe you won’t in the end be persuaded to change your view, but you will certainly be faced with a lot of challenging and thought-provoking ideas that will certainly tax your powers of reasoning. Whatever your final conclusion, it is impossible not to find this a stimulating read.
Professor Keith Frayn, Professor of Human Metabolism, University of Oxford.
As an agnostic in the true sense of the word as ‘not knowing’, I found John Lennox’s book intriguing and providing much food for thought. The relationship between science, both biological and cosmological, and Christian beliefs is closely examined and evidence carefully marshalled to dispel the idea that the two approaches are incompatible. The author is a committed Christian and an internationally recognised mathematician. Will the reader be convinced by his arguments? I must leave this to others to judge. But whatever the conclusion, one must agree that this is a well-written and thought-provoking book and will contribute to reasoned discussion on a fundamental question: Has Science Buried God?
Professor Alan Emery, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics, University of Edinburgh
God’s Undertaker: Has Science buried God? by John Lennox is an important and topical contribution to the debate and questions about the origin of the universe and its physical laws, the origin of complex biological design and the purpose (if any) of mankind. There are some (both religious and materialists) who would like to give the impression that we have answers to these most fundamental questions, and, most disturbingly, even attempt to stifle and censor debate. However, it is my opinion that rather than inhibit further discussion we should encourage further intelligent debate about mankind’s origins and that is why I believe it is essential that manuscripts such as God’s
Undertaker; be published and made available to the public so that they can judge for themselves.
Professor Chris Paraskeva, Professor of Experimental Oncology, University of Bristol
The debate featured Professor Richard Dawkins, Fellow of the Royal Society and Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and Dr. John Lennox (MA,MA, Ph.D., D.Phil., D.Sc.), then Reader in Mathematics and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, Green College, University of
- Reviewing for the Zentralblaat der Mathematik God and the Generations: Youth, Age and the Church Today
- The Theory of Infinite Soluble Groups co-author DJS Robinson and appeared in the OUP Oxford Mathematical Monographs Series, 2004
- Hat die Naturwissenschaft Gott Begraben? Eine Kritische Analyse Moderner Denkvoraussetzungen appeared with Brockhaus in 2002 (Spanish translation 2003)