University of Michigan
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Does Science Need God?

An Oxford Professor says, "Yes"

November 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium

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.



Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Ford School, University of Michigan

John Ciorciari's interests include international law, politics, and international finance. His current research projects focus primarily on the Asia-Pacific region, and examine foreign policy strategies, human rights, and the reform of international economic institutions.

He has served as a National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and as a Shorenstein Fellow at the university's Asia-Pacific Research Center. From 2004-07, he served as a policy official in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs. Since 1999, he has been a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which promotes historical memory and justice for the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime. 

His book, "The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975," investigates the power alignments of small and middle states in Southeast Asia.

John Ciorciari received his AB and JD from Harvard University and his PhD from Oxford University.  He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford.  

History at University of Michigan

In October 2012, the Veritas Forum held a discussion between Jeff Van Duzer, Dean of Seattle Pacific Business School and Gautam Ahuja, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan moderated by Andy Crouch, Author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling titled "Should Business Play God?  Markets and Morality in a Culture of Bottom Lines."  


In November 2011, Mary Poplin, professor of education at Claremont Graduate University, shared her dynamic spiritual journey to faith and offered some incredible lessons about life, worldview, and the purpose of the university at "Ignorance ISN'T Bliss: What Every College Student Should Know About Religion and Doesn't."

Check out all Veritas Forum recordings from the University of Michigan here!