Lennox brings a great deal of intellectual credibility, and also sensitivity, to the discussion of creation, and how we reconcile the Bible and science. Although those of a young earth persuasion will not agree with Lennox's conclusions, I think they and all readers will find this short book to be a worthwhile introduction. Plainly, we don't always have an answer, and the text supports more than one possibility. But what is clear, both from the text and, Lennox argues, from science, is that intelligence is plainly involved in how the universe, and we, came to be.
on October 19, 2011
John C Lennox is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. His first three books focused on the arguments of the New Atheist's. Now he looks at the Genesis account of creation, using the lens of both science and theology. I am an old earth creationist and I adopt the framework view on Gen 1 which Lennox discusses. He has five chapters and five appendices.
1. But does it move? A Lesson from history.
2. But does it move? A lesson from scripture.
3. But is it old? The days of creation.
4. Human beings: a special creation?
5. The message of Genesis 1
A. A brief background to Genesis.
B. The cosmic temple view (Gen 1 as God's temple)
C. The beginning according to Genesis and science.
D. Two accounts of creation?
E. Theistic evolution and the God of the gaps.
The book is also endorsed by Alvin Plantinga, Ravi Zacharias and Paul Copan among others. This book will suit Christians who have a science background and/or have an interest in science and religion.
NB. Appendix E has an extended discussion on theistic evolution. I would regard myself as a theist evolutionist and Lennox discusses this issue at length. He does refer to Paul Davies, Dennis Alexander and Francis Collins. His analysis on theistic evolution is worth the price of this book.
Appendix B. On the cosmic temple view on Gen 1-3, i.e. it is God's sanctuary. I think that there is some truth to this, in that Rev 21-22 shows the New Jerusalem as a place in which God dwells. The parallels with Eden should be obvious.
on October 6, 2014
Every university needs a Dr Lennox! Bold enough to challenge the philosophically tainted 'science' of both the Young Earth Creationists and the New Atheists, Dr Lennox displays an abundance of common sense in a world where ideologically driven sensationalism has made common sense a rarity.
You don't have to agree with his world view to appreciate the logic behind his push to follow the evidence wherever it leads, regardless of whether that means challenging one's own personal beliefs or not.