University of Arizona
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Is God the Author of Evil?

February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Crowder Hall

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 University of Arizona

In February of 2015, The Veritas Forum at The University of Arizona welcomed University of Texas professor J. Budziszewski to share about his own journey out of atheism with a talk entitled, "Is Life Meaningless?" 

In 2014, The Veritas Forum at the University of Arizona invited Os Guinness to explore the human quest for meaning at "What Are We Doing Here?"

The Veritas Forum at UA 2013 welcomed Dr. Jeff Schloss, Westmont College, and Dr. Anna Dornhaus, University of Arizona, to offer their different perspectives at "Love Thy Neighbor? Biology, Altruism, and Why We Do Good."

In 2012, The Veritas Forum at UA asked, "Is Science Enough?" What is the meaning of life? Can science answer this ancient question? Satyan Devadoss suggested that transcending the Enlightenment will integrate faith and science in a new way. Prof. Devadoss spoke about mathematics, science, and his own journey of faith as a believing Christian.

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at UA hosted Ian Hutchinson on "Science and Faith: Equal Sources of Knowledge?" Our culture makes it seem that science and faith are perpetually at war. But is the perception true? Ian Hutchinson, plasma physicist and Christian from MIT, doesn't think so.