Is the rigorous pursuit of scientific knowledge really compatible with a sincere faith in God?
Building on the arguments put forward in God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, Prof John Lennox examines afresh the plausibility of a Christian theistic worldview in the light of some of the latest developments in scientific understanding. Prof Lennox focuses on the areas of evolutionary theory, the origins of life and the universe, and the concepts of mind and consciousness to provide a detailed and compelling introduction to the science and religion debate. He also offers his own reasoning as to why he continues to be convinced by a Christian approach to explaining these phenomena.
Robust in its reasoning, but respectful in tone, this book is vital reading for anyone exploring the relationship between science and God.
“In this accessible and engaging introduction, John Lennox guides us through the great debates about science and faith, and offers incisive assessments of the issues.” - Alister McGrath, Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford
“In a century when all the fields of science and technology converge in biology, the effort to confront the deeper meaning of life from a historical and philosophical perspective is more relevant than ever before. This book is a timely and excellent contribution to the conversation.” - Sonia Contera, Professor of Biological Physics, University of Oxford
“John Lennox has a unique ability to integrate theology, philosophy, biology, physics and mathematics into one coherent unity, and a gift of explaining complicated matters in a simple and pedagogical way. Cosmic Chemistry is highly topical and most likely it will become an apologetic classic.” - Ola Hössjer, Professor of Mathematical Statistics, Stockholm University
“A lucid rationalization that modern scientific discoveries offer […] ample support that God and science not only mix, but that belief in a creator God is entirely consistent with, and the best explanation for, all that science teaches us about the universe and life.” - Tony Futerman, Professor of Biomolecular Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science
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An extraordinary book, And the informations was precisely well administrade for someone who knows well what he's talking about! A praise to the author and the relevant theme of this narrative.
In some ways Cosmic Christianity might be considered an updated and revised version of Lennox's previous book God's Undertaker, which asked whether science has buried God and concluded with a resounding no. That book was, in the revised edition, published in 2009 unless I'm mistaken, so the time is certainly right for a new book looking at new developments across the sciences and asking whether God can still be relevant. Given that John Lennox is one of the world's foremost apologists for Christianity in a secular age, it won[t be a surprise that he firmly defends a theistic view of the world. It is how he does this in Cosmic Christianity that is impressive. He uses his broad knowledge across scientific fields (he is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford) and his own theological expertise and brings these to bear on contemporary science with clinical logic and thoughtful precision. If you struggle to answer atheists or defend a Christian worldview against secular onslaughts, or if you perhaps have doubts yourself, then you could do far worse than read this book. Recommended to all thinking Christians and to open minded atheists alike.
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