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Dawkins vs. Lennox at the University of Alabama: Get Your Tickets Now

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Richard Dawkins you know, but John Lennox, his Oxford colleague in mathematics and the philosophy of science, may require a brief introduction. Professor Lennox is the author of the forthcoming book God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? and has lectured around the world on mathematics, science, and theology. I first met John in Southern California 11 years ago, have spent time with him in Istanbul and Hungary, and regard him as one of the wisest scholars I know.

The Alys Stephens Center at the University of Alabama (Birmingham) will be the site of the October 3, 2007, debate between Dawkins and Lennox. This promises to be a newsworthy, well-attended event.

26 Replies to “Dawkins vs. Lennox at the University of Alabama: Get Your Tickets Now

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    IDist says:

    Now I think that’s going to be very interesting.
    I’d like to see Dawkins’ “why there almost certainly is no God” nonsense being destroyed with him present, this may atleast help humbling him… or may be I’m dreaming?

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    bornagain77 says:

    Didn’t Dawkins say he refused to debate any “psuedo-scientific” Theists?

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    IDist says:

    Didn’t Dawkins say he refused to debate any “psuedo-scientific” Theists?

    This applies if the debate is on darwinisim, not God and religion.

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    Mats says:

    It’s hard to have a debate about God without mentioning Origins. I would like to know how will Clinton R. Dawkins avoid it.

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    orarel says:

    One signalling.

    You excuse to me but I do not know like communicating with you.

    Which it is your comment to these articles?

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    bork says:

    I hope it is taped.

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    MaxAug says:

    If it is not too much offensive, can i ask what is Dr. Lennox Christian theological background (romanist? biblical Christian?)?

    What is his apologetic method?

    I mean, really, Dawkins is not a fool, he knows, for instance, he can engage Alister McGrath, and cant engage others…

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    russ says:

    Are they selling tickets, or is it a “just show up” event?

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    nemesis says:

    I don’t know if I agree completely with his methodology, but I would have absolutely loved to see Dawkins or Dennett or Harris debate Greg Bahnsen.

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    I know nothing about this other guy. But I’m hoping he goes further than “science and God can co-exist.” I would like to see him go further and make a strong positive case as well as attacking Dawkins’ position.

    And I concur about the late Greg Bahnsen.

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    IDist says:

    The one man I’d like to see debating Dawkins is Dr. William Lane Craig. That would be the end of this guy

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    MatthewTan says:

    [Off topic]

    Now they say humans and chimpanze 1% difference is a myth.

    Jon Cohen made a remarkable admission in Science this week.1 The popular notion that humans and chimpanzees are genetically 99% similar is a myth, and should be discarded.

    [On Coexpressed genes]
    In this last measure, for instance, a 17.4% difference was found in genes expressed in the cerebral cortex.

    But “Truth be told,” [Cohen]he begins in the next sentence, the inaccuracy of the statistic was known from the start:

    But truth be told, Wilson and King also noted that the 1% difference wasn’t the whole story. They predicted that there must be profound differences outside genes—they focused on gene regulation—to account for the anatomical and behavioral disparities between our knuckle-dragging cousins and us. Several recent studies have proven them perspicacious again, raising the question of whether the 1% truism should be retired.
    “For many, many years, the 1% difference served us well because it was underappreciated how similar we were,” says Pascal Gagneux, a zoologist at UC San Diego. “Now it’s totally clear that it’s more a hindrance for understanding than a help.”

    1Jon Cohen, News Focus on Evolutionary Biology, “Relative Differences: The Myth of 1%,” Science, 29 June 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5833, p. 1836, DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5833.1836.

    I do not have access to the journal. Is the above a good representation of Cohen’s article in Science?

    Maybe this could be an interesting topic for UD to discuss.

    Are we living in a lie for the last 30 years? And the whole scientific establishment is lying to the public?

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    Robo says:

    I concur re William Lane Craig and Greg Bahnsen.

    Didn’t Dawkins turn down the offer to debate Craig?

    Shame about Bahnsen; he was a smart guy with a very intriguing apologetic methodology.

    Check out for Craig’s stuff and for Bahnsen.

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    Robo says:

    Btw, I thought Dawkins walked all over McGrath (who was quite pathetic) in the dabate they had.

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    I used Bahnsen’s methodologies against Dawkins on his book tour during Q&A. It was quite fun.

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    bork says:

    I just listened to the debate between Dawkins and Mcgrath. I don’t think any was better than the other, though McGrath was too defensive. It seemed more like an ad to buy the books more than a debate. Honestly, I think the audeience had better points and questions.

    Too bad I have to buy Bahnsen’s stuff to listen to it.

    But to stay on op: I hope Dr. Lennox comes prepared. He is going be protrayed as the mouthpiece of christianity – which could be bad.

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    Bahnsen is worth the price of admission.

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    Tedsenough says:


    A ‘romanist’?
    Oh, you mean a Catholic. If he is, he probably has the beliefs that were in place with the original Church. Go read some Eusebius.

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    dougcampo says:


    For the love of God and everything holy, please no sectarianism.


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    dougcampo says:

    We will never disprove darwinism and hurl it into the trashcan of history
    if we fight among ourselves.

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    bork says:


    Even for a skeptic?

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    dougcampo says:

    Here is another interesting Berlinski blurp.
    Figures like Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins are profoundly embarrassing the scientific establishment, and by that I mean the top biology departments, the editors of Nature and Science, the senior bureaucrats at the NSF and NIH, by going on and on about atheism, selfish genes, evolutionary psychology, stuff that everyone with their heads screwed on tight knows has absolutely nothing to do with any of the serious sciences. And I do mean absolutely, and I do mean nothing. And yet no one much cares. The ACLU is not up in arms about anything these guys say. Put Dawkins on a high school reading list with his claims about being a fulfilled atheist – that’s fine, no problems there. Everyone quite understands that Daniel Dennett is lacking a little in the top story, but he makes the most of his handicap, God Bless. And, again, no one cares what he says.

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    I would recommend Bahnsen to skeptic and believer alike.

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    […] John Lennox, who is a mathematician on the faculty of the University of Oxford and is debating Richard Dawkins in October on the topic of whether science has rendered God obsolete (see here for the debate), has this to say about my book NO FREE LUNCH: “In this important work Dembski applies to evolutionary theory the conceptual apparatus of the theory of intelligent design developed in his acclaimed book The Design Inference. He gives a penetrating critical analysis of the current attempt to underpin the neo-Darwinian synthesis by means of mathematics. Using recent information-theoretic “no free lunch” theorems, he shows in particular that evolutionary algorithms are by their very nature incapable of generating the complex specified information which lies at the heart of living systems. His results have such profound implications, not only for origin of life research and macroevolutionary theory, but also for the materialistic or naturalistic assumptions that often underlie them, that this book is essential reading for all interested in the leading edge of current thinking on the origin of information.” […]

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