Ce livre agréable et bien enlevé, a été écrit par l'un des principaux mathématiciens de l'université d'Oxford.C'est une réponse au livre de R. Dawkins "The God Dillusion" ou en français Pour en finir avec Dieu. John Lennox, chrétien convaincu, montre, en donnant de nombreux exemples et en citant de nombreux scientifiques, que contrairement à l'idée reçue la science ne s'oppose pas à la foi bien au contraire! C'est un excellent complément au livre de Dawkins pour qui désire avoir une vue équilibrée sur ce sujet fondamental qu'est l'existence de Dieu !
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Elegant and delightful.25 octobre 2007
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John Lennox, who teaches mathematics and philosophy of science at Oxford University, comes out of the closet as a "creationist" (some will say) in this incisive and readable book. That is to say, not only does he place theoretical limits on the "magisteria" of science, he also finds positive empirical limits to what physics and biology can in fact explain about our strange, glorious, troubling cosmos.
I haven't read Lennox' previous books, so I don't know how far he has gone this way before, but it seems a gutsy move. (When he begins the section on biology, aware of the acrimony that has surrounded the evolution debate, he taps out his own tongue in cheek epitath: "Here lies the body of John Lennox . . . ") Oxford was once the home of Wesley and Boyle and Lewis, but Richard Dawkins casts a shadow there now -- one member of the science faculty told me maybe 60% of his colleagues agree more or less with Dawkins, whether they've read him or not. And unlike Alister McGrath (who however has the class and good taste to recommend this book), Lennox is more in the Intelligent Design camp than "theistic evolution" or "biologos." But the term "camp" here is misleading: to Lennox, the search for truth seems less a "darwinian" competition between fortified and hostile foes lobbying shells at one another, but as a genial and informed dialectical journey among pilgrims.
The book covers all the main questions: the nature of science, origin of the universe, anthropic "coincidences," origin of life, mutations, fossils. Lennox dialogues with Dawkins, as one would expect, and with many leading scientific thinkers. The prose is clear as a mountain creek tumbling over stones.
The main weakness of the book, in my view, has to do with Lennox' discussion of Intelligent Design. Here he quotes a number of people -- Michael Behe, Stephen Meyer, Hugh Ross -- who are in the eyes of many skeptics highly controversial. I don't mind that -- I spent a couple months defending Behe against some rather savage and unfair attacks, so I appreciate his ability to shrug off the jihadist strand of evolutionary apologetics. But I do think Lennox needs to interact with more serious critics at this point a bit more, to establish his arguments. Still, he goes into far more detail than Dawkins on this issue.
In short, this is an excellent contribution to the "God" debates. Readers may also enjoy my new book, The Truth Behind the New Atheism, which responds to Dawkins, Harris, Dennett and Hitchens on a variety of topics, including some covered in this book.
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Clear, Concise and Deeply Penetrating1 novembre 2007
Old School Survivor
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After reading The God Delusion a year ago I became gripped and eventually spellbound by the God vs. no god debate that seems more and more to be occupying the collective attention of our culture. In my desire to gain a fuller understanding of both perspectives, I've since immersed myself in the most popular literature on the subject (penned by Harris, Dawkins, Hutchings, Davis, Flew, McGrath, Collins, DeSuza etc.). The arguments and lines of reasoning expressed in John Lennox's book entitled "God's Undertaker" are, by far, the most deep and insightful I've read on the subject to date.
Lennox begins God's Undertaker by making a critical distinction between science and materialist/naturalist philosophy that, in and of itself, provides a resounding response in the negative to the question posed in the book's subtitle (Has science buried God?). Lennox explains that science in an uncontaminated form seeks exclusively to explore the universe by examining its physical properties and apparent laws without making claims about what might or might not exist beyond its own domain. Science therefore neither rules out nor affirms the existence of the supernatural. Naturalism, on the other hand, is philosophically bound to a preconceived notion regarding the nature of reality; namely that it is limited exclusively to the substantial and, consequently, that truth can only be found through an examination of material phenomenon. In short, it is naturalism, not science, which is at odds with theism.
Lennox goes on to illustrate the importance of making such a distinction by pointing out the deceptive and duplicitous way in which materialists use the well earned respect of science to cloak arguments against the existence of God that not only lack scientific support but are in fact faith based and not scientific at all! Lennox hammers home the irony of this point, giving no slack to the likes of Dawkins who, while blindly ascribing god-like qualities to neutrons and electrons, mockingly portray theists as deluded dunces who base their lives on a completely imaginary deity.
Lennox is no enemy of science. He is a purist who believes that what science points to is equally as important as what it explicitly reveals. Consequently, he is not only in awe of what science has achieved but he enthusiastically declares the important role science has played in the development of his own belief in God. Anchored by the very science that has been high jacked by Dawkins and company, Lennox demonstrates that belief in a single all powerful God is not only rational but is in fact the best conclusion one can draw from the known physical universe. Lennox does this in the heart of God's Undertaker by engaging the scientific arguments used by materialists head-on in an "ask for no quarter, give no quarter" fashion that pays homage to his Celtic heritage.
Specifically, Lennox confronts the naturalist's take on cosmology, microbiology, evolution, and biogenesis and mounts a particularly robust argument for an intelligently designed universe in later chapters devoted to information science. While it is beyond the scope of this review to elucidate each of Lennox's arguments, I will state that I found them to be well-balanced and, in most cases, compelling. I highly endorse this read for anyone interested in the origins of our universe.
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Clarifying the issues about science and religion9 novembre 2007
Prof Nigel Cutland
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In this very readable and well-researched book John Lennox does a brilliant job of exposing the real issues involved in any discussion of the relationship between science and religion. The fundamental point, which he makes so well, is that the debate is NOT about science VERSUS religion, but has to do with different world views (namely naturalism - the view that there is nothing but nature and the material world - contrasted with theism - the view that there is a God ) and the relationship of each with science. Dr Lennox then asks the all-important question: Which world view sits most comfortably with science?
What is so important about this book is that it does not counter the popular rhetoric and sloganeering (characteristic of many of those who believe that naturalism is the world view that is the logical consequence of science) with more of the same. In his careful and systematic examination of the scientific evidence Dr Lennox shows that science is not only highly consistent with a theistic world view, but even points towards it. To this end he takes us on a journey that considers the history and limits of science, as well as many of its most up-to-date findings including modern evolutionary theory, design theory, irreducible complexity and information theory. Bringing to bear his analytical and logical skills as a research mathematician, he also exposes many fallacious arguments that are often used to "prove" that science has buried God.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who seriously wishes both to understand the real nature of the debate that is currently receiving much exposure in the media, and to come to a conclusion based on evidence and reason rather than prejudice and emotion.
Nigel Cutland Professor of Pure Mathematics University of York, UK
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So far, the best book on the subject7 juillet 2011
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This is a wonderfully lucid and fascinating discussion of the current "storm" raging around "The Gang of Four" (our shiny new atheists, led by Richard Dawkins). In my view, the author gets enormous credit for establishing the obvious fact that the debate is NOT between science and religion. After all, a large chunk of scientists are not atheists. The real argument is between materialists (AKA naturalists) and theists. And it is not at all clear that the "brights" have emerged triumphant.
The book is written with gentle humor, impeccable logic, and a vast amount of information. Lennox is especially good at dealing with propositions such as these:
"The only way to truth is via science."
"There is no absolute truth."
Do you see a logical problem with these statements? Raise your hand and collect a virtual cookie if you do.
The problem is that these statements refute themselves. "The only way to truth is via science" is, alas, not a scientific statement and therefore untrue IN ITS OWN TERMS. The same goes with "There is no absolute truth," which also refutes itself and winds up being incoherent, like the first statement. (By the way, I suspect that "incoherent," like "problematic," is one of those polite professorial words which actually mean "Take it out back and bury it, it's dead."
Probably my favorite take-home item from this book goes as follows. The "brights" claim that evolution proves atheism is right, which is an absurd argument. BUT if you take that and turn it around, you wind up with the idea that atheism desperately needs the theory of evolution to be true. This would explain why the evolutionist camp is beginning to treat any question or disagreement as a matter of Heresy. Until now, that has been a mystery! That is to say, I believe I could publish a scientific paper tearing quantum mechanics to pieces, and nobody would try to burn me alive or fire me. But evolutionists? That's a different kettle of fish entirely.
Another favorite is: "Men became scientific because they expected law in nature and they expected law in nature because they believed in a lawgiver."
An excellent book! "Try it, you'll like it!"
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Underated and ignored by libraries14 décembre 2010
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It is always interesting to find what libraries purchase as part of their collection. However what is often more telling is what they chose to ignore. Dr John Lennox is a premier academic in the U.k. however his book is largely unknown by people outside the God Vs Science debate. Dr Lennox shows in this book how the framers of the God / Science debate mislabel the argument and make a "category mistake".
It is well argued and thought provoking read on why, rather than disproving the existence of "God", current science actually raises some interesting questions that are not answered by the new atheists and provides some limited comfort to Christian's in particular.
"God of the gaps" debaters will be saddened by Dr Lennox rebuttal of their argument.
However libraries are not apparently stocking the book and as a result miss out on the cutting edge of the "faith" side of the God Vs Science debate. This seems to indicate that supposedly open libraries are not interested in full and frank debate about one of the major discussions of our time.
Many of the arguments raised in Dr Lennox' book have not been addressed by the 'scientists must not believe in God' cheerleaders and their ignoring of John Lennox arguments does them no credit.