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Towards a Christian Philosophy of Science

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Are there any common pitfalls among Christians when trying to reconcile faith and science that we should seek to avoid? Does Christian faith offer constructive direction for further developments in natural science (e.g. reconciliation of field and particle theories through theological models of Christ or the Trinity, Cambrian explosion as God’s creative action, information/mind as fundamental quantity, etc.)? Are there overlapping or complementary roles for theological and scientific language and models? How does meaning relate to information and how should this influence our philosophy of science? What ought to be the relationship between math and science? Are there any current cultural moods particularly pernicious to good science form which we can escape by breathing in the fresh breeze of the ages and looking at science historically? What is at stake if we fail?

John Lennox

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 book, on the interface between science, philosophy and theology, is God’s Undertaker – Has Science Buried God?, He has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defense of Christianity. He debated Richard Dawkins on “The God Delusion” in the University of Alabama and on “Has Science buried God? in the Oxford Museum of Natural History. He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism 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 children and four grandchildren and live near Oxford.