God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Paperback – Sep 1 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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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This expression of the faith is well written and thoroughly enjoyable.Published 8 months ago by sydney byma
Lennox's purpose here is to set the record straight about what science and religion are talking about. Read morePublished on June 28 2013 by Rodge
Attempts to present a balanced review of major arguments for and against theism. It's inevitable bias is nevertheless quite convincing, based on the selective evidence cited. Read morePublished on March 9 2013 by GEOFFREY M HYDON