Can Science Explain Everything?

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An inspiring new perspective on the science versus religion debate.

Part of the Questioning Faith series.

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Can science explain everything? Many people think so. Science, and the technologies it has spawned, has delivered so much to the world: clean water; more food; better healthcare; longer life. And we live in a time of rapid scientific progress that holds enormous promise for many of the problems we face as humankind. So much so, in fact, that many see no need or use for religion and belief systems that offer us answers to the mysteries of our universe. Science has explained it, they assume. Religion is redundant.

Oxford Maths Professor and Christian believer John Lennox offers a fresh way of thinking about science and Christianity that dispels the common misconceptions about both. He reveals that not only are they not opposed, but they can and must mix to give us a fuller understanding of the universe and the meaning of our existence.

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Contents

  • Introduction: Cosmic Chemistry
  • 1. Can you be a scientist and believe in God?
  • 2. How did we get here: from Newton to Hawking
  • 3. Mythbusters I: Science
  • 4. Mythbusters II: Christian faith
  • 5. Can we really take the Bible seriously any more?
  • 6. Miracles: a step too far?
  • 7. Can you trust what you read?
  • 8. How to disprove Christianity
  • 9. The personal dimension
  • 10. Entering the laboratory: testing the truth

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Author John Lennox
ISBN 9781784984113
Format Paperback
First published January 2019
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.5"
Case quantity 62
Language English
Pages 128
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Endorsements

Ravi Zacharias

Author and speaker

I am delighted that my colleague and friend John Lennox has invested time to offer a wonderfully readable summary of his work in science. Here he offers each of us what his parents gave him as a young lad growing up in Northern Ireland: the welcomed space to think for ourselves and the tools to dig deeper into questions of science and faith. I have learned so much from Professor Lennox over the years as I’ve watched him interact with critics and skeptics with grace and boldness. I believe you will find this book immensely helpful and enjoyable.

Professor James M Tour

Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University, USA

With the delightfulness and wit of an Irishman, and the airtight logic of his mathematical mind, Lennox graciously whittles away at long-held controversies between science and God or science and the Bible.  Using his remarkably rational thought process, Lennox gently dissects materialism and the arguments of its proponents in this delightful easy-to-read treatise. The presuppositions of science are left pondering in the face of this battle-hardened sage who is a stalwart follower of Jesus Christ.

Jeany Kim Jun

Assistant professor at Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy

I picked up a book to read about science and was given a thorough presentation of the gospel instead. That is not to say that John Lennox did not provide a very thorough discussion of science.  He did.  Very effectively.  His true gift is in his ability to craft a story that was both inspired language with gifted writing to present two seemingly contradictory ideas in a very logical, methodical, yet palatable writing style.  Both Christian and non-Christian, scientist and non-scientist, and everyone in between, would benefit tremendously from reading this book.

Independent reviews

I devoured it in an afternoon, but find myself still mulling it over in my mind two weeks later.

Chalmers

This book is great for all Christians (young, old, new and mature), it is great for those asking questions about Christianity and it would be a great gift for that person who is always arguing ‘science’ with you.... continue reading

 

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UCCF Team

'Can Science Explain Everything?' is an excellent introduction to the relationship between science and faith: it's short, accessible, and written with the skeptic in mind.... continue reading

Turning the Science and Faith Debate on Its Head

Emma Nicholls, Bethinking

Such is the extent to which Professor John Lennox turns the science and faith debate on its head in his book Can Science Explain Everything? In just 125 pages he thoroughly debunks the popular misconception that science and religion are necessarily at war with each other, showing that science in fact sits much more comfortably within the Christian worldview than in atheism.... continue reading

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03/04/2020

“Clear explanation of why science and Christianity can and do stand together”

Professor Lennox gives a clear understandable summary of the close relationship between science and Christianity and in this short book commends to the reader the rationality of the Christian faith. His personal and winning style leads the reader to ask why have I so easily accepted the misconception that science and Christianity are incompatible. A good book to read with other works which explore the historical and archeological evidence for the birth of Christianity and the writings of the New Testament. Would thoroughly recommend it, whether a believer and searcher of the truth.


31/03/2020

“A clearly argued discussion of the compatibility of science and Christian faith”

John Lennox is eminently well qualified to write on this subject! He explains clearly how Science and Christianity are not alternative ways of viewing the world, and that Science only addresses particular types of questions, but does not give us any answers about the meaning of life or why the world is the way it is. Christianity however is completely compatible with an understanding of Science, and many famous Scientists are also Christians, although of course others are atheists. He then discusses the evidence for the historical accuracy of much of the Bible, particularly the existence of Jesus as a historical character. He outlines the documentary evidence for the authenticity of the Bible documents which is much stronger than for most other ancient documents many of which we accept without question. He also discusses the strong evidence for the resurrection as the only reasonable explanation for the empty tomb. Finally he discusses how he has found Christianity to work as the basis for his own life. I found the book clear and easy to read, and his arguments were logical and convincing. I think it would be a helpful book for people who have a scientific outlook and are considering whether science is a sufficient explanation of life for them or whether there may be something more that makes life meaningful.


05/05/2019

“Excellent”

To set you thinking and strengthen your faith.


26/01/2019

“Tackles the issue of Christianity vs. Science head-on”

This is the short, clear, faithful, persuasive book that I've always wanted someone to write about the relationship between Christianity and Science. The case is bolstered further by the fact that it's written by a former Oxford University Professor of Mathematics too - not an easy author to dismiss out of hand.

My only minor quibble is that it ends too soon, and perhaps goes into the rational basis for Christianity too soon: I wanted more on the relationship between Christianity and Science.

This is an excellent book to give to the scientist in your life.

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