Great lecture by Dr. John Lennox at Socrates in the City. This excellent video presentation is in full HD here:
Eric Metaxas and Socrates in the City present an evening with John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, at the Union Club in New York City on January 31, 2013. Dr. Lennox explores a method for reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. Afterward Metaxas is heard asking, “Why didn’t I ever have any math teachers like this?”
I think they mean “God”, not “god” but hey, Lennox only beat up Dawkins twice. Congrats to Mark Cubey and Kim Hill for having Professor Lennox on their show.
8:15 John Lennox
John Carson Lennox is a British mathematician and philosopher of science who is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He is the author of a number of books, including and God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (Lion Books, ISBN: 978-0-82547-912-0) and Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target (Lion Books, ISBN: 978-0745953229).
Image courtesy of Family First New Zealand.
Max Andrews, a blogger and student of philosophy well known to many of us in the ID community, has launched a graduate/postgraduate peer-reviewed journal, which is scheduled for quarterly release and has the stated purpose “to invite dialogue concerning philosophy, theology, and science.” People of any religious affiliation or metaphysical persuasion — including Christians, theists, agnostics and atheists — are invited to submit articles to the journal.
You can download the first issue of the journal here.
Free for PDF download is the latest Ravi Zacharias Ministries Just Thinking eMagazine with articles from a number of top authors. It can be printed or read on various electronics devices such as your computer or iPad.
Just Thinking is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life.
Gotta love atheist/agnostic Michael Ruse Yeah seriously. Enjoy.
Nice big list from Ratio Christi here.
Intelligent Design scholar Dr. Thomas Woodward (Wikipedia) will be visiting New Zealand in the second week of December 2012.
Dr. Woodward is the author of Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design, is also coauthor with Dr. James Gills of The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA (2012). A graduate of Princeton University (in History), he received a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida. His doctoral specialty was in the “Rhetoric of Science,” and his research focus has been the history of the scientific controversy over intelligent design and neo-Darwinism.
Dr. Woodward is Research Professor at Trinity College of Florida in Tampa Bay, where he has taught for 23 years. He has spoken on the topic of evolution, intelligent design and the existence of God at over 80 colleges and universities in 25 countries. His campus presentations include a lecture series at Princeton University and Dartmouth College, and an intelligent design seminar at Cambridge University (UK) hosted by Ranald Macauley, son-in-law of L’Abri founder Francis Schaeffer. Church presentations have included Calvary Chapel of Ft. Lauderdale, Westminster Chapel in London, Surfers’ Paradise Church in Gold Coast, Australia, and Mision Mundial Church in Lima, Peru. He was featured on “Janet Parshall’s America” and Hank Hanegraaff’s program, “The Bible Answer Man.”*
Lehigh University biochemist Michael Behe (author of “Darwin’s Black Box”) has described Dr. Woodward as the “premier historian of intelligent design.” He was invited by CNBC TV Network to engage Dr. Brian Alters of McGill University in an “evolution debate” moderated by Carl Quintanilla on the popular Squawk Box morning program. He has also engaged in three university debates: at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida with renowned Darwinist Michael Ruse, at Michigan State University with Dr. Donald Weinshank, and at La Sapienza University in Rome with Italy’s premier evolutionary biologist, Dr. Boncinelli.
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Tom Woodward is the founder and director of the C. S. Lewis Society, which hosts lectures, conferences and debates on university campuses and in heavily secular countries.
Woodward’s 2002 book Darwinism Under the Microscope, was co-edited with Dr. James Gills. He is the author of two books which trace the debate between Darwinism and intelligent design. His first book, Doubts about Darwin (Baker 2003), won a national book award from Christianity Today. His second book on the “design controversy,” Darwin Strikes Back (Baker 2006), was released in a Spanish translation (“Darwin Contraataca”) by Portavoz in 2008.
Dr. Woodward hosted a weekly radio program since 2006: “Darwin or Design.” In December, 2011 it took on a new name: The Universe Next Door. It is aired on WTBN in Tampa, and on The Bridge FM in the greater New York City metro area, along with stations in eight states. It is accessible on the internet at Bayword.com each Saturday at 5:05 p.m. Eastern time.
You can listen here to his friendly debate / discussion with Peter Hearty on the Unbelievable radio program from the UK.
Well known USA Intelligent Design advocate Tom Woodward takes on the National Secular Society’s science representative Pete Hearty. Does the new evidence in biological science point towards an ultimate creator? Other guests also join the fray…
Dr. Woodward and Dr. James P. Gills M.D. on The Mysterious Epigenome. What lies beyond DNA.
Dr. Woodward interviews Princeton Chemistry Professor Dr. Andrew Bocarsly
In Britain’s New Statesman, Steven Poole laments the glut of what he calls “neurotrash” – the attempt to explain every human thought and action in terms of neuroscience and cognitive psychology:
An intellectual pestilence is upon us. Shop shelves groan with books purporting to explain, through snazzy brain-imaging studies, not only how thoughts and emotions function, but how politics and religion work, and what the correct answers are to age-old philosophical controversies. The dazzling real achievements of brain research are routinely pressed into service for questions they were never designed to answer. This is the plague of neuroscientism — aka neurobabble, neurobollocks, or neurotrash — and it’s everywhere.
Free Will, by Sam Harris, must now take its place in this plague of panegyrics to the pre-frontal cortex.
The first thing we must get clear about the book is something that Harris himself, given his thesis, must certainly agree with: he had no choice in writing it. But that has little to do with the neurological state of his brain. He operates under a necessity only a little less deterministic: the necessity that follows on the nature of his dogma.
As an atheist and a materialist, Harris really has no choice but to champion the idea that free will is a delusion. The materialist, said Chesterton, “is not allowed to admit into his spotless machine the slightest speck of spiritualism or miracle.” Materialists like Harris keep asking why we make the decisions we do, and what explanation there could be other than the physiological. The answer, of course, is the psychological, the philosophical, the whimsical, and about a thousand others.
The rest is here.
What we need is a huge push to get this stuff into the hands of parents. How can you help ?
“In the final analysis, it is not any specific scientific evidence that convinces me that Darwinism is a pseudoscience that will collapse once it becomes possible for critics to get a fair hearing. It is the way the Darwinists argue their case that makes it apparent that they are afraid to encounter the best arguments against their theory. A real science does not employ propaganda and legal barriers to prevent relevant questions from being asked, nor does it rely on enforcing rules of reasoning that allow no alternative to the official story. If the Darwinists had a good case to make, they would welcome the critics to an academic forum for open debate, and they would want to confront the best critical arguments rather than to caricature them as straw men. Instead they have chosen to rely on the dishonorable methods of power politics.”
Thoughtful reader Brett Watson takes issue with my attempt to give a charitable reading to Darwinists’ avoidance of debating with intelligent-design advocates. In fact he offers an “even more charitable interpretation,” a basically political one:
I think there’s an even more charitable interpretation of why Darwinists won’t debate: they have nothing to gain from it, politically. Presidential candidates probably wouldn’t debate either if they were sure that the majority was already on their side. Not only do Darwinists potentially have a lot to lose by entering into such a debate, they also have little to gain from it. As Richard Dawkins likes to say in relation to debating dissenting scientists (and he attributes it to someone else), “that would look great on your resume, not so much on mine.”