Theology and Philosophy Society: Has Science Buried God?

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On Monday 11th of January, the Theology and Philosophy Society at Bede’s had the pleasure of welcoming Professor John Lennox to give an evening lecture on the conflict between science and religion.

The lecture initially began with a short introduction to John Lennox in which we learned of his professorship of mathematics, his MA in Bioethics, his other many academic achievements as a mathematician and much more.

Professor Lennox then dived straight into his lecture by claiming that the “conflict” between science and religion cannot exist as science is a neutral study which has been developed by both theists and atheists. The conflict lies within world views, rather than within the disciplines of science and religion in and of themselves.

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Professor Lennox raised various other points related to this topic, including reductionism, naturalism, semiotics and quantum physics. He highlighted different types of explanations and stated that a 'God of the gaps is not the God that [he] worships,' while also managing to explain the religious conflicts between creationism and evolution.

Carefully explaining the concept that Christian belief actually drove the development of science, Professor Lennox explore how Nobel Prize-winning scientists throughout the ages have been both theist and atheist.

"It is clear that their pursuit of science united them and that their worldviews did not stand in their way," he said.

At the end of the lecture, Professor Lennox adroitly responded to six profound questions posed by Bede’s students, with the Q and A session concluding the evening’s thought-provoking seminar.

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After this, a small group of Sixth Form students from the Theology and Philosophy Society attended a dinner with Professor Lennox, continuing the philosophical discussions and acquainting themselves better with the world-renowned Irish professor.

If you are interested in finding out more about John Lennox, including some excellent resources, please visit his website: www.johnlennox.org

 

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