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.