Tulane University
Monday, February 18, 2013

Is God Relevant?

An Oxford Professor discusses science and faith

February 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Rogers Memorial Chapel


Once upon a time, humans cowered at the rustle of the trees and at the sound of thunder in the sky, ascribing everything in their world to a multitude of gods. Some religions claimed a single God was in charge of the world. In the modern era, who needs gods when science can explain the world? Oxford University Professor of Mathematics John Lennox will explore the explore the relationship between faith and science, and whether or not science has really made faith irrelevant. His presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A session with the audience.

We are anticipating a full house at Rogers Memorial Chapel for John Lennox's presentation!  Student ID holders will be given priority seating so that Tulane students have the first opportunity to see The Forum.

We hope you are excited about Monday night!  Currently, we are trying to make preparations for seating and, because this is a Tulane event, we are planning to let only those with Tulane IDs into the chapel up until about 10 minutes before the start of the Forum.  The chapel holds a little less than 200 people and we are hoping that everyone is able to get a seat but we are unable to guarantee seats to those outside the Tulane community.  Our encouragement to you is to arrive EARLY if you are hoping to attend.  Unfortunately, we are unable to predict how many from within the Tulane community show up so we could very easily have either too many seats or not have enough.  I apologize to those who were planning to travel from outside the New Orleans area to attend as we are unable to give you an estimate on how likely it will be that you can get in.

About the Presenters
Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.

He studied at the Royal School Armagh, Northern Ireland and was Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University from which he took his MA and PhD. He worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a DSc for his research. He also holds a DPhil from Oxford University and an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey. He was a Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Freiburg in Germany. In addition to over seventy published mathematical papers he is the co-author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.

His most recent books are Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target (2011) and a publication on the book of Genesis called Seven Days that Divide the World (2011). He has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defense of Christianity.

In 2011, he debated Peter Singer on the question “Is there a God?”.  He has also debated Richard Dawkins on "The God Delusion" in the University of Alabama (2007) and on "Has Science buried God?" in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival 2008) and in Samford University, Alabama on the question: Is God Great?

His hobbies are languages, amateur astronomy, amateur bird-watching and some walking. John is married to Sally, they have three grown up children and seven grandchildren and live near Oxford.



History at Tulane University

In 2012, The Veritas Forum Tulane hosted pediatric oncologist Ray Barfield. If death is life's only certainty, why are we so often disillusioned when faced with its reality? What role should medicine play as we confront suffering and our own mortality? Come learn what the Christian faith has to say about "God, Medicine, and Suffering" in the light of modern medicine.

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at Tulane welcomed libertarians Eric Mack (Tulane) and Marcus Cole (Stanford) in "God, Government, or Me: Who Determines Moral Good?" a discussion dealing with the foundation of morality from their respective secular and Christian perspectives. Free from the difficulties of crossing a political divide, these men addressed and critiqued the fundamental principles compelling them to a common conclusion. Both related how morality in their personal lives is motivated by and rooted in their distinct worldviews and philosophies.