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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson; New updated edition edition (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745953719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745953717
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 349 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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"Recent books touting atheism have been grounded more on dyspepsia than on dispassionate reason. In this book John considers the best, most recent science from physics and biology, and demonstrates that the picture looks far different from what we've been told."  —Michael Behe, author, Darwin's Black Box and The Edge of Evolution

"A brilliantly argued re-evaluation of the relation of science and religion, casting welcome new light on today's major debates. A must-read for all reflecting on the greatest questions of life."  —Alister McGrath, author, Glimpsing the Face of God

About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leonid Finis on March 4 2014
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I have found this book relatively interesting and accessible. At the same time most of it was not particularly simplistic, naive or dogmatic. As an educated person, and someone who takes interest in philosophy and history, i found content of the book to be overall adequate.
That being said, the book is clearly written from a pro-religious perspective and tries to answer common criticisms of Intelligent Design. Also, while most of the book had relatively strong argumentation for signs of Intelligent Design (fine-tuning of the universe, origin of DNA, irreducible complexity), i found end of the book somewhat odd when it defended more or less literal understanding of Christ Resurrection, Immaculate Conception and few other similar subjects.

I would recommend this book to people looking for somewhat scientific arguments for Intelligent Design, and ready (or willing) to see it from a pro-religious perspective.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rossuk on Sept. 15 2011
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Having seen Lennox in debates with Dawkins, I thought that he was OK but not great, but seeing him in print, he is much better than in his debates. His critique of Stephen Hawking was superb (God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?). He has a superb (sanctified) mind, I enjoy his thinking. In this book John Lennox is responding to the challenge from the New Atheists that science has buried God, but in my mind the New Atheists have now made science their god.

Has science buried God? Of course not! In my lifetime science has become more God friendly, I can think of the hot Big Bang theory that shows that the universe has a beginning (1965), and therefore requires a cause; and the Anthropic Principle (Brandon Carter in 1974), which shows that the universe is fine-tuned for life. I was also pleased to see that Lennox discusses some very pertinent scientific questions such as the origin of life (abiogenesis), and the origin of information within DNA. It seems to me that God is very much alive and kicking, and pops up in the most unusual places. As my degree is in physics I can understand that science can answer many questions about the physical world, but it has no answers about the spiritual world. There are 12 Chapters:

1. War of worldviews
2. The scope and limits of science
3. Reduction, reduction, reduction...
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. The monkey machine
11. The origin of information
12. Violating nature? The legacy of David Hume

Plus epilogue, references and index.

Whatever people think of Lennox, he has a fine mind, unlike Dawkins. This book is a pivotal one in this discussion of; atheist vs. theism and science vs. atheism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George D. Gregory on Sept. 26 2014
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An important book. Lennox takes to task those who glibly assert that science tells us all we need to know about the origin and meaning of life. The latter chapters deal mostly with origin-of-life questions and would be of particular interest to those interested in how information at the cellular level affects the genesis of life on our planet.
As a person more oriented towards history and the humanities I felt a little overwhelmed at times, but the author's academic and scientific credentials make this a book to be taken seriously.
If you are an honest atheist, this book will provide considerable food for thought.
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Dr Lennox hits some important issues in this book, even if you don't share his world view. Most importantly, he demonstrates why it is important to follow scientific evidence wherever it leads, even if the conclusions call into question one's own philosophical prejudices. Unlike some of the more militant commentators on this issue, Dr Lennox is humble enough to say 'I don't know' to issues that exceed his knowledge or the limits of his scientific discipline.

If only the Young Earthers, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and Co. could be persuaded to do the same, we'd be able to do science without philosophical conclusions tainting the evidence.

Unfortunately, science has followed politics and that is unlikely to happen. As with the policy driven evidence making of the former, we'll continue to get philosophy driven evidence making in the latter.
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By pradeep on Sept. 8 2014
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Fantastic book. Just amazed at the reasoning and language the book is written in. Fantastic read.
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