Every so often I challenge my students with an oddball rhetorical question or comment, hoping to get them to rethink their understanding about the relationship between faith and science.
Which comes first?
Which serves which?
Do science and the Bible contradict each other?
Does the Bible correct science or does science correct the Bible?
Is there a science to faith?
Does science require faith?
Aside from being great conversation starters for class discussion (and hip theology-themed parties), these and other related questions are worth pondering due to the incredibly informed and extremely opinionated present society.
My latest tongue-in-cheek science question was: If we are a Christian university, why in the world do we insist on using science textbooks? Should we not simply use the Bible as the required reading for all of our science courses?
Obviously, this is a very simplistic way to deal with the very complex questions many students might have, regardless of their faith convictions and program of study.
But, it begs the question as to how we understand the relationship between science and faith. This is truly an important issue to wrestle with for all students.
Understanding the significance of this topic, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology has invited John Lennox, PhD, to speak at GCU on Monday, Feb. 22.
Dr. Lennox is professor of mathematics at Oxford University and has made quite a name for himself speaking on the interface of science, philosophy and religion. He teaches at various prestigious academic institutions like Wycliffe Hall and the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, among others. Impressively, he is the author of many books engaging the relationship between science and Christianity. Here are some of the edgy titles of his most recent works:
- “God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?” (2009)
- “Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target” (2011)
- “God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway?” (2011)
- “Seven Days that Divide the World: the beginning according to Genesis and Science” (2011)
His latest book, “Against the Flow” (2015), examines the narratives of the book of Daniel purposely pointing to how Christians today can become “high-profile witnesses in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith.”
In addition to his prolific writing, he has also participated in televised debates with some of the world’s leading new atheists: Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.
Given this resume, the College of Theology is delighted to announce that, thanks to the work of Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Mark Wooden, PhD, and the support of the college, Dr. Lennox will be visiting GCU on Monday, Feb. 22 to speak at the weekly Chapel service and to present to faculty and students with a follow-up Q&A session from 2 – 3 pm in GCU Arena.
We are truly looking forward to hosting him on campus and hearing how one of the leading voices of our time responds to the dilemmas posed by the interface between faith and science.