University of California, Los Angeles
Monday, January 26, 2015

The Veritas Forum at UCLA

January 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm
to January 28, Korn Auditorium

Did Science Kill God?

Monday, Jan. 26th | 7:30 PM

Pain: Illusion or Truth?

Wednesday, Jan. 28th | 7:30 PM

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.



Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA

On July 1, 2009, Lowenstein became Director of the new UCLA Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions (CLAFI), intended to facilitate and promote study of the great works and achievements of western civilization.  He continues to teach in the School of Law, where his most typical subjects have included Election Law, Statutory Interpretation & Legislative Process, American Political Theory, and Law & Literature.

Daniel Lowenstein was the first American law professor to specialize in Election Law and established a leading reputation in that field.  He authored the first twentieth century textbook in the field—Election Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 1995), now in its fourth edition.  As co-editor with Professor Rick Hasen he inaugurated the Election Law Journal, the leading journal in the field.  On January 29, 2010, leading scholars in Election Law put on a festschrift celebrating Lowenstein’s work in the field.

Lowenstein worked as a staff attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance for two and one-half years. While working for California's Secretary of State, Edmund G. Brown Jr. starting in 1971, he specialized in Election Law and was the main drafter of the Political Reform Act, an initiative statute that California voters approved in 1974, thereby creating a new Fair Political Practices Commission. Governor Brown appointed Lowenstein as first chairman of the Commission in 1975. Lowenstein has served on the national governing board of Common Cause and has been a board member and a vice president of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.  He has also served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the award-winning theatre troupe Interact and regularly brings the company to the School of Law to perform plays with legal themes, such as Sophocles' Antigone, Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, and Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.

Professor Lowenstein’s published research runs the gamut of Election Law subjects, including campaign finance, redistricting, voting rights, political parties, and initiatives.  He has also published some literary criticism on works such as The Merchant of Venice and Bleak House.

History at University of California, Los Angeles

In 2014, two legal scholars, Eugene Volokh from UCLA and David Skeel from Penn, discussed "Faith, Justice, and the Human Experience" at The Veritas Forum at UCLA.

In 2013, The Veritas Forum at UCLA welcomed Ravi Zacharias to speak on "Is Tolerance Intolerant?" Exploring questions of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance —many deep issues of concern for us over the last several centuries.

In 2012, The Veritas Forum at UCLA asked, "Does God Care?" Why is there suffering? How do we deal with death? Is God relevant to how we deal with suffering? Dr. Michael Lill of UCLA presents an agnostic perspective and Dr. Raymond Barfield of Duke University offers the Christian perspective. 

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at UCLA hosted John Lennox on "Christianity & The Tooth Fairy: A Law Professor Questions an Oxford Mathematician." Does belief in Jesus Christ require a suspension of logic? UCLA's Daniel Lowenstein interviewed John Lennox with honest questions about Christianity and the grounds for faith.