Where did life, the universe and everything come from?
Was it made by some intelligent being, or did it happen by accident?
God’s Undertaker Book Review:
Will science eventually give us all the answers to these questions?
God’s Undertaker, by John Lennox asks the question “Has science buried God?”
Science Versus Religion?
There is a popular belief that science and religion (particularly Christianity) don’t mix.
It is thought that there is a war going on between them and you can believe one or the other, but not both.
Some scientists say that the Bible is ‘wrong’ and that science is ‘right’, while some Christians say the complete opposite.
I think both those views are incorrect and this book gives a clearer view on the subject than I have come across elsewhere.
Shaken, But Not Stirred:
I grew up loving science. Later I became a Christian and started to question some of the ideas I had grown up with, but I didn’t go to either of the above extremes.
Now I love both God and science.
I have been concerned for a long time that the press sets this up purely as a battle between Atheists and Christians, which has become the realm of experts, so that ordinary people cannot take part in the debate.
While I have always got on very well with professed Atheists in my workplace, there seems to be an implication in the public eye that Christians don’t believe in science and are either mad or deluded in some way.
However, this book has helped me make sense out of the arguments on both sides of the fence.
In fact, one of the main points Dr. Lennox makes is that the battle is not science versus religion, but atheism versus theism within science.
I Infer That Cake Is Needed:
John Lennox is a professor of Mathematics and also teaches Science and Religion at Oxford University.
Dr. Lennox is a Christian, but it’s interesting to note that he distances his discussion from the well-known “Intelligent Design” movement (indeed, he makes the point that the very word “design” denotes intelligence).
Instead, he focuses on science itself, encompassing a number of disciplines, from Physics, to Biology, through to Mathematics and Information Theory.
In each case, he asks whether the evidence of science infers the existence of God – something that prominent Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, explicitly refute.
Along the way, he talks about the scope and limits of science, using some amusing allegories (look out for “Aunt Matilda’s Cake”) and quoting many scientists of differing positions.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether his arguments hold water or not.
In reading this book, I’ve found that I am in good company – there are many scientists (including some very eminent ones) who also believe in God, not just through history, but in the present day too.
We’re not mad, we’re not deluded – although in my case, perhaps that could be debated 😉 – and we think deeply about the world (and universe) around us.
I have seen the odd comment about John Lennox, saying that he sounds ridiculous, but I have found him to be remarkably lucid.
Whether or not you believe in a Creator God, whatever your views on the universe, I am sure that God’s Undertaker will give you something to think about – and what better time to think about it than during Christmas?!