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Oxford Mathematician DESTROYS Atheism (15 Minute Brilliancy!)

Sep 08, 2023
What amazes me is that serious thinkers today keep asking us to choose between God and science. It's like asking people to choose between Henry Ford and engineering as an explanation of the automobile. What you are about to hear is absolutely exceptional. Oxford Union's John Lennox Defending God is extremely dense, packing a lot into a small amount of time, so feel free to pause and rewind as you need to make sure you're really grasping each and every idea he presents. . That being said, let's go ahead and delve deeper I believe in God I believe in the higher natural God who created the heavens and the Earth I believe in a God who keeps the heavens of the Earth in existence I believe that on the basis of rational evidence and As we contemplate the emergence of science in the 16th and 17th centuries, Alfred North Whitehead and many others commented that men became scientists because they expected law in nature and they expected law in nature because they believed in a lawgiver, so ladies and gentlemen.
oxford mathematician destroys atheism 15 minute brilliancy
I am not ashamed of being a scientist and a Christian because it could be said that Christianity gave me my subject. What amazes me is that serious thinkers today keep asking us to choose between God and science, it's like asking people to choose between Henry Ford and engineering as such a good explanation of the automobile when Newton discovered his law of gravity not said I have a law I don't need God he didn't write the principles Mathematica possibly the greatest work in the entire history of science because I saw that God is not the same kind of explanation as a scientific explanation God does not compete with agency does not compete with mechanism and law why is there something instead of nothing?
oxford mathematician destroys atheism 15 minute brilliancy

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Alan Sandidge, the brilliant cosmologist who became a Christian when he was 50, said that God is the answer to that question, but people are now so desperate to prove that the universe created itself from nothing, which seems to me an immediate oxymoron if I say excreted why I assume the existence of extra explained the existence of why if I say x created X. I assume the existence of Acts to explain the existence of most powerful scientists. Say it would be worth rewinding in case you missed it the first time, that's a good point. Reminds me a bit of GK Chesterton who said that it is absurd to complain that it is unthinkable for an unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable for nothing to become everything the heavens declare.
oxford mathematician destroys atheism 15 minute brilliancy
The glory of God says the ancient psalm and we have unraveled a little of that by seeing the fine tuning of the fundamental forces of nature. It is something that draws so much attention to scientists that it demands an explanation and it seems to me that Arnold Penzey has got it right. Nobel Prize winner who discovered the microwave background on which much of the evidence for the Big Bang is based. He said that astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created from nothing and that has the delicate balance necessary to provide exactly the right conditions required to prohibit life and one that has an underlying, one might say supernatural, plan but I want to get to what I think is one of the fundamental arguments in favor of theism.
oxford mathematician destroys atheism 15 minute brilliancy
I guess this house believes in reason, that's why we're all here. and as a scientist I believe that the universe is rationally intelligible, that is something that has surprised some of the geniuses of science because they demand an explanation. Einstein said that the only incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is understandable, and Vigner spoke of the unreasonable efficiency of mathematics. How is it possible that a


thinking in his head here can find equations that seem to fit the universe well? How is it possible? Because the irony of the atheist position here is evident, my atheist friends and I have many of them telling us.
He told me that the driving force of evolution that ultimately produced our human cognitive faculties, including reason, was not primarily related to truth but to survival, and we all know, ladies and gentlemen, what has often happened and still happens. with the truth when individuals, business enterprises, or nations feel threatened and struggle to survive. A prominent philosopher Alvin Planting of Notre Dame says that if atheists are right that we are products of meaningless and unguided natural processes, then we have given strong reasons to doubt the reliability of human cognitive faculties, and therefore inevitably to doubt the validity of any beliefs they produce, including their


, their biology, and their belief in naturalism, it would seem, therefore, be at war with each other in a conflict that has nothing to do with God, but my atheist friends still insist that it is rational.
For them to believe that the evolution of human reason was not directed for the purpose of discovering the truth, and yet it is irrational for me to believe that human reason was designed and created by God to enable us to understand and believe the truth. Curious logic by contrast. With that biblical theism he affirms that the Ultimate Reality is personal and intelligent and the reason why science works and this was the motivating force that drove the great pioneers of science is that the Universe out there and the human mind in here that What science does are ultimately the product.
Human beings are made of the same intelligent Divine mind, we are told in the image of God and that means that science can be done that makes infinitely more sense to me as a scientist than


. Let me now briefly address ethics, ethical behavior as the rational behavior of Of course, it does not in itself require religious belief, this is consistent with the fact that humans are created in the image of God as rational moral people, but just as I suggest that rationality cannot be explained without the existence of God, I dare to suggest that the existence of morality cannot be explained. can be explained since modern science emerged from Judeo-Christian sources, so did the concept of human equality. listen to the atheist Jurgen Habermaus, arguably one of Germany's leading intellectuals, said that universalist egalitarianism from which emerged the ideals of freedom and a collective life and the solidarity of the individual the morality of conscience human rights and democracy are the legacy direct from the Judaic ethics of justice to the Christian ethics of love this substantially unchanged legacy has been the subject of continuous reinterpretations of critical appropriation to this day there is no alternative to it everything else is simply useless postmodern talk and it seems to me that It is touching the heart of something important because the value of a human being on which a certain egalitarianism rests is not based on what the human being can do but on what it is made of, what our house has made in the image of God.
Never forget to speak when, on one of my many visits to Russia, I asked a colleague at the Academy of Sciences and he said to me: "You know, John, we thought we could abolish God and preserve a value for human beings, we discovered that we couldn't and we murdered millions of people." they and Alexander Solgenitson has said if I mask why 60 million of my compatriots were sacrificed he said the answer is that we have forgotten God, science of course is wonderful, this has limitations, even a Nobel Prize winner when analyzing a cake can't say why. it was done but Aunt Matilda, who did it, can tell you that she can reveal it to you, but if she doesn't reveal it to you, you will never know and that leads me to be my next evidence.
The same goes for the universe. We can analyze it magnificently but, ultimately, if it has a creator and I believe it does, only he can tell us what it is about and he has done so in the powerful Narrative of the Bible, particularly in his analysis of the problem with Humanity, not simply in terms of a breakdown of behavior between people, but a vertical breakdown of trust between us and the Creator, the only solution to that problem is not simply in terms of human ethical development, although that is very important, but in terms of something much deeper: the restoration of the fractured relationship with God. through Salvation has brought through Jesus Christ a radical relationship that enables us to live ethically from God and here we come to what for me is a main evidence not only of the Existence but of the nature of God, it is Jesus Christ who it was not. he only taught the Golden Rule, but he embodied it, feeding the hungry, healing the sick and suffering, and welcoming societies.
The marginalized brought honor and respect to the marginalized and shamed and has brought forgiveness and peace to millions of people around the world. Although he was a man, he was never just a man, but God became human. The central evidence for this astonishing claim is, of course, his historic resurrection from the dead that launched Christianity into the world. This is, of course, ladies and gentlemen, a crucial issue if Jesus rose from the dead death is not the end and atheism is false if Jesus did the right thing he did not rise from the dead Christianity is false and I remember that in Cambridge, as a student, I listened to the brilliant Mr Norman Anderson, a legal expert, forensically analyze the evidence. from his legal perspective as a brilliant lawyer and said at the end that the empty tomb of Jesus forms a veritable rock on which all rationalist theories of the Resurrection crash in vain, now that I read the Bible, I not only find intellectual satisfaction, but I find a lot of that.
I feel the voice of God speaking to me. You see, that is intensely personal, but ladies and gentlemen, tonight we were asked about belief in God and I want to strongly emphasize that God is not a In theory, he is a person and if the origin of my choir persona is a personal God , then the most exciting thing really is whether there is a possibility of getting to know God, so I don't just believe that there is a God that I have come to know. Him and trust him and I have strong reasons to do so because Christ died and rose again for me and that generates in me a totally undeserved sense of acceptance of forgiveness and peace that has allowed me to face the ugly side of my own nature and with God's help I can do something about it but it has allowed me to face something else.
The most difficult problem I face as a Christian is the problem of evil and pain. My niece has a tumor at 22 years old that kills her. What do I tell my sister? and this is the most difficult problem we face, but it seems to me that atheism here has no answer because, by definition, atheism believes that human death is the end, so there is no final hope, but you say, ladies and gentlemen, we could stay here until midnight and beyond, arguing as has been done in this University for centuries what a good god should have said, could if it had not been possible, simply could not have done it and will come to no part, so it seems to me that there is another question that we can ask and it is true that life presents itself to us. with a double image we see some beautiful things, we see some irregular times, we see pain and pain and we see Joy, how can we accept that?
And it seems to me that there is not a simplistic answer here, but rather a window to an answer, and it is this. If it is really true that Jesus is what I believe the Son of God is, then we can ask what God is doing on the cross and the answer is: at least God has not remained distant from our human suffering, but has become part of us. this and the other side of that is that because Jesus rose from the dead, he will be the supreme judge. Now there is an irony because atheism has no final hope for justice, by definition the vast majority of people in the history of the world have died without Justice and will die without Justice, and if death is the end, then by all means Of course, they have no hope of ultimate justice, but the promise in the New Testament guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus is that he will be the judge in the world. next day ladies and gentlemen those are some of the reasons why I believe God is real and trustworthy thank you and when Christians talk about God it's personal it's not a fantasy it's not the spaghetti monster in heaven, there is a reality. of God when you have accepted it on its terms that is completely undeniable it is as undeniable as my relationship with my wife and the other room if you told me she is not real I would laugh at you the same way as If you told me that God is not real real but that kind of knowledge is not accessible to someone who has not known God on his terms, there is this presumption and this arrogance that actually stands directly in the way of knowing God and God's relationship and that's why I I love what Linux says here because it starts with a kind of analysis like why scientism is the philosophy of science as the only epistemology, why is that reductionist, then it moves towards human rights, towards morality and ultimately , down to the extremely personal level, which is where all of these conversations need to end, so, all that being said, I hope someone is listening to this, if anyone is still listening to this, as much as I did because I think it's a mistake to separate these pieces and talk only about this, many ofmy videos focus on the moral case for God, but really it's like this tapestry where all these threads are connected to each other in this Christian worldview and that's when the threads are working together and you can see everything, I think Linux makes a Phenomenal job starting to reveal that image of reality, all that being said, I hope you like this video and I'll see you in the next one. one thank you foreigner

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