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God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

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Intended to provide a basis for discussion, this book evaluates the evidence of modern science in relation to the debate between the atheistic and theistic interpretations of the universe. Written like a scientific detective story, this excellent introduction to the current debate grew out of the author's lengthy experience of lecturing and debating on the subject. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 20th 2007 by Lion Hudson (first published October 1st 2002)
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John I have read this book a few times and I believe he does a good job of making the case that science itself does not have any conflict with the existenc…moreI have read this book a few times and I believe he does a good job of making the case that science itself does not have any conflict with the existence of a God. He makes the argument that a naturalistic worldview tries to use science to bolster its perspective but science does not necessarily support that perspective. He doesn't speak to much about religion or spirituality, he focuses more on the relation between science and the existence of a God figure. (less)

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Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
After watching Lennox debate Hitchens and seeing how well they both did I decided to pick up this book. I wasn’t disappointed and the arguments made in here are solid and persuasive. Lennox, a mathematician from Oxford University, uses math and probability to prove the existence of God. Indeed, he also shows that science and God are not at odds at all. I was quite impressed to see that a majority of the sources Lennox used came from agnostics rather than theists. Out of fairness I’ll be reading ...more
Ross Blocher
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've dreaded reviewing this book, as it's the type of polarizing work that yields predictable reactions: most believers are going to love it, and most non-believers are going to... not love it. It is not the sort of work that leads to conversions on either side - rather, it's written as an apologetic tract to bolster Christians with arguments to debate atheists, or to simply feel confident ignoring atheists. As a former Christian who has been an atheist for 12 years, I am not the target audience ...more
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: apologetics
John Lennox is a mathematician by profession yet quite a clever philosopher in his own right. He tackles the great questions against theism, even from the "new atheists" and does not shy away from the strongest objections. His reasoned and balanced tone is a breath of fresh air and you will find yourself thinking, "what a profound thought" and "why didn't I think of that?"

I recommend it for everyone who thinks about the great questions, the ultimate questions of life.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book on various philosophical and scientific apologetic ideas. The last paragraph of the book sums its central argument up so well:

"...far from science having buried God, not only do the results of science point towards his existence, but the scientific enterprise itself is validated by his existence. Inevitably, of course, not only those of us who do science, but all of us, have to choose THE PRESUPPOSITION WITH WHICH WE START. There are not many options - essentially just two. Eithe
Tesa Fiona
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I didn't expect this book to be indecipherable. I found myself frequently rerun my eyes and refocus myself on the book while reading. John C. Lennox is a scientist as well as a philosopher, the fact that is missing from Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and many other Christians and atheists. You could not find an attack on atheism like you could find on Dawkin's book on religion. Nor will you find a Lennox's defense of his belief in this particular book (maybe you can find it on his other ...more
Dennis Wales
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I enjoyed this book. John Lennox is such a great philosopher and scientist. He does more than his due diligence in constructing his arguments for the idea that science has not only been powerless to do away with God, it has only done more to demonstrate that God does indeed exist and was instrumental in creating the cosmos, life, and everything else that is. I'm dumbstruck when I see some of the faith-based statements of some hard line New Athiests that they seem to take as axiomatic when ...more
Derek Walsh
Sep 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: finished-in-2010
The best thing I can say about this book is that it was short. It would have been a lot shorter without all the logical fallacies, special pleading and quote mining though. What I expected to be a relatively sophisticated defense of belief in gods began quite well before turning into creationist propaganda and then finally into a declaration of Christian belief. Lennox is a professor of mathematics and therefore can be forgiven for his lack of knowledge about biology (although one wonders why he ...more
Joel Yousaf
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes Bible is real Book

Everybody there please read this

Does Science Agree With the Bible?

The Bible’s answer

Yes, for although the Bible is not a science textbook, it is accurate when it mentions matters of science. Consider some examples showing that science and the Bible agree and that the Bible contains scientific facts that differed greatly from the beliefs of many people living at the time it was written.

The universe had a beginning. (Genesis 1:1) In contrast, many ancient myths describe the
Aug 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
I decided to read Richard Dawkins' “The God Delusion” and John Lennox's “God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?” after listening to part of their debate (found at on the radio while running errands one weekend morning.

Overall, I was underwhelmed by both books, but I'll discuss each individually.

The God Delusion (
Dawkins spends the first half of the book making his case against the existence of God. Throughout this s
Alan Bevan
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought it safe to relinquish my agnosticism and declare myself an atheist, I have been challenged deeply by this book.

Lennox presents the evidence from the cosmos and from the biosphere to show how science reveals the stunning improbabilities of 1. a stable universe that could support life and 2. the emergence of life from purely mindless physical elements. As a mathematician, he analyses the information in DNA, leaving me struggling to keep up, but forced to acknowledge that materi
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lennox here offers a variety of resources for those interested in the current debates over science and religion.

1. He has read widely, and offers an impressive range of quotations from people on various sides of the question, including some of the most eminent scientists of our time. The book is worth reading and owning merely for this wealth of citations.

2. He generally argues well: carefully, clearly, modestly. Once in a while, yes, he allows himself a quip, and not always does he make his po
excellent. as much as science is a HUGE help to our lives, personally and culturally, there is life well beyond what science can tell us. this book is a most excellent mapping out of rational thought and using science to correct science where ideology makes for wrong turns. highly recommended.
Evy Behling
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book that provides very reasoned, calm arguments against common myths about science and religion.
John Quin
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book could be split in two as the first section covers that apparent confict between science and religion and the second part talks about the "Intelligent Design" issue in biology.

I have only read the first half and if the book was only that part I would give it 5 stars. I have nothing against I.D. and for many it would enhance this book greatly. Sadly for some people with a prejudice against I.D. its inclusion might make them prone to dismiss the first section of the book.

On the first sect
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I've read this book. I enjoyed it as much this time as before, though I still find some of the scientific explanations just a bit above my head. Lennox demolishes Richard Dawkins' weak arguments over and over again with true science, and again and again makes a very good case for there being a Creator - and with true science. It probably won't impress Dawkins-believers, but since they don't actually seem to worry much about real science anyway, as Dawkins often doesn't, t ...more
Jonathan Roberts
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, own
Don't be fooled by this books size (a little over 200 pages), this book packs a punch. Not only is it overflowing with science and scientific evidence, the font size makes this book really a 400 page book crammed into a 200 page one. That's not a bad thing, I was sad when it was over because of how much I learned. Dr. Lennox has truly dismantled the New Atheist arguments in powerful prose. Highest recommendation ...more
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great and comprehensive book. His case against evolution is underargued. The compelling evidence for common descent in the genome is beyond just the interrelatedness of species; the breaks in our DNA with that of a chimp falls exactly where Darwin predicted.

Other than that, great.
Mousa Alshaikh
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Oxford mathematician explains briefly that "science versus religion" is a myth and how many skeptics in religion have misused science to support their personal beliefs. ...more
Sep 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, John Lennox (updating an earlier work) attempts to address the age-old question of how one can honestly hold a serious religious belief in the age of modern science. Lennox starts out by discussing the scope and limits of science, including the limits of reductionism. This is followed by a discussion of some intriguing developments in cosmology, which may suggest that ours is a "designer universe".

Lennox then addresses that old bugaboo evolution. He first treads a number of well-w
Angus Mcfarlane
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are many good points to this book and represents much of the best Theistic defense against atheism. There is not much that is new, to me at least, but to a large extent Lennox is up to date with modern science and has credibility from his professional background and, dare I say it, not being American... The cosmology section was the strongest, I felt, whilst the final chapter on miracles/intervention was also well argued. There are some justifications for the special nature of the universe ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, apologetics
This is a good introduction to some of the scientific issues that are facing Christians today. I like Dr. Lennox' car analogy. While talking about atheist's who claim that religion was just used to explain things that people couldn't understand, but has become no irrelevant because science has now taken its place, he uses a car sent back in time a few thousand years. The people who would see it would first think that it ran by magic, but after explaining the internal combustion engine and electr ...more
Chad Boss
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
An extremely accessible book examining whether or not recent scientific advancements finally render God unnecessary. I found it to be a very enjoyable read. Lennox does not go into excruciating detail and that makes the book quite readable. I'm a Christian, and I found it to be a refreshing reminder that being a Christian, does not mean checking my brain at the door. Highly recommended for anyone interested in a quick discussion of God and science. ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a fantastic introduction to the philosophical debate of science versus the existence of God. Either way you lean towards, this book keeps up with modern science and physics and presents these facts in an easy to understand format. I loved this book. ...more
Matthew George
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being neither a mathematician nor a scientist, certain aspects of this book skimmed over my head. Still, I found it to be a fascinating, memorable, moving, and convincing argument thus: not only are science and God compatible, they validate each other.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Makes you think about things that you have not thought about! Another great book by John Lennox! Never ceases to amaze me.
Vidur Kapur
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, religion
Lennox claims that science is indeed compatible with religion and, not only that, claims that God is the best explanation for the scientific evidence accumulated over the past few centuries. The laudable aim of the book is to demonstrate this without invoking 'gaps' for God to fill, but unfortunately, throughout the book, Lennox brings up gap after gap after gap which he presumably fills with God.

Firstly, Lennox attempts to demonstrate that science is not incompatible with religion by observing
Joseph Schrock
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found John Lennox’s book to be extremely enlightening concerning the wondrous complexities of life, especially about the language of life written in DNA code. This book was encouraging to me as a theist, but if I had been an agnostic – as was the case in past decades of my life – I probably would not have been persuaded by Lennox’s arguments. From my current perspective, the arguments seem almost persuasive, but I realize that the mind-set of an unbeliever in any Divine Reality renders that mi ...more
Tim K
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The book had very good chapters and very bad chapters, hence the 3 stars. This book for the most part is a slow read. It is written from a monotheistic perspective and presented some thought provoking examples to support his view. The bible does come up in the book but is definitely NOT the dominant theme of the book......... the book's focus from my viewpoint and to use some of the author words ...... did matter come before mind or mind before matter? ...more
Phillip Nash
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having met John Lennox and heard him speak, I am somewhat biased. He is a lovely, jovial Gentleman who has a razor-sharp mind and great sense of humor. Very down to earth but obviously powerfully intelligent. His book is a great defense of the reasonableness of the common focus of science and faith - the search for meaning and purpose. We need more scientists like him.
Barton Jahn
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book by a brilliant man. With three earned PhD’s and being a professor of mathematics at Oxford, Lennox writes from a position of knowledge and confidence on the debate between science and Christianity that digs into issues that few other writers even mention.

A very original thinker and a good communicator, I would recommend this book for everyone who has read Richard Dawkins yet lacks the formal education to attack atheism head-on with solid facts and brilliant arguments.

Very re
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John Carson 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 Le ...more

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