John Lennox

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John Lennox, 2015

John Carson Lennox (born 7 November 1943) is a British professor emeritus of mathematics, author, philosopher of science, and Christian apologist.


  • Why is there something rather than nothing? Why, in particular, does the universe exist? Where did it come from and where, if anywhere, is it heading? Is it itself the ultimate reality behind which there is nothing or is there something 'beyond' it? Can we ask with Richard Feynman: 'What is the meaning of it all?" Or was Bertrand Russell right when he said that 'The universe is just there, and that's all'?
  • I think atheism undermines science very seriously because if you think of the basic assumption that all of us who are scientists have, that is, we believe in the rational intelligibility of the universe. And, it's interesting to me that scientists of the eminence of Eugene Wigner and Albert Einstein used the word “faith.” They cannot imagine a scientist without this faith because, of course, they point out that you've got to believe in the rational intelligibility of the universe before you can do any science at all. Science doesn't give you that.
  • It was belief in God that motivated the advance of science in the 16th. and 17th. centuries. Gallelo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton expected to find law in nature because they believed in a great law giver. Now so often we hear the new atheist talk about faith, depricating it.I want to tell you that scientist are all people of faith. As Einstein saw, they believe that the universe is accessable to the human mind. And physics can not explain that for the simple reason that you can't do physics without believing that the universe is intelligable. So scientist required faith.

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