Posts tagged “John Lennox

Mind over matter

Posted on February 17th, 2014

Which came first, matter (the universe) or mind? John Lennox, Oxford mathematician, helpfully delineates these as the two fundamental worldviews. For the atheist the ultimate reality is the universe, and for the theist the ultimate reality is God. Genesis tells us that God is primary, and the universe derivative. This worldview is the exact opposite of ancient polytheism and contemporary secularism, both of which assume that matter is primary and everything else, including mind, is derivative. John Lennox, Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science (p. 95)

Death in nature

Posted on January 28th, 2014

John Lennox, in Seven Days That Divide the World, asks, Is it … possible that corruption, disease, and human death may well be a consequence of sin, but that plant and animal death, as part of the cycle of nature, are not? (p80) My theology has operated under the assumption that the fall into sin brought death into the world. Lennox makes a persuasive case that while disease may have come to plants and animals after the fall, the natural “dying away” of things without souls was already present.   Perhaps this condition continues even after the resurrection. St. John’s vision suggests this: “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the…

Sermon before the March for Life

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

Divine Service before the March for Life January 22, 2014 Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia (LCMS) Rev. 12:1-17 Click here for audio of the sermon Alongside beer cans and rotting meat, taking their place in mounds of rubbish, 55 million corpses of babies have been discarded. Many are trashed in bio-hazard bags, as a dangerous thing we must put far from us. Sometimes body parts are sold for experiments and testing. Except for those recovered by noble people digging through garbage heaps, none are given a proper burial.  They’ve been dismembered, suctioned, poisoned, flushed down toilets; some of them, born alive, have been beheaded by a physician who laughs. Looking into America’s abortion culture is looking evil in the face, and it appears evil…

The probability of a random origin of life is negligible, says Oxford mathematician

Posted on June 5th, 2011

John Lennox, a mathematician at Oxford, says a “super intellect” having designed the world is the best inference from the data. “He points out that the probability of a purely random origin for any sequence of even the most basic biological significance is ‘so small as to be negligible.’” From an article by William West assessing Lennox’s work: So, what if you take all of the probabilities unearthed by science together? What are the chances of life developing without a super-mind to guide it? The answer, clearly, is as close to zero as anyone could imagine. In fact, the figures involved are so profound, so enormous, that no human mind could possibly imagine them in any real sense. You can find the summary and…