Richard Dawkins thinks so. But he will be challenged this this month (Oct. 21) by John Lennox in an important debate at the Oxford Museum of Natural History. The debate, Has Science Buried God, is sponsored by the Fixed Point Foundation. The debate is being billed as "Huxley vs. Wilberforce, Part II" because it will take place at the same museum as the famous 1860 debate between T.H. Huxley and Bishop Wilberforce. Huxley called himself "Darwin's Bulldog" and today many are calling Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler."
While on study leave in Oxford this summer for an apologetics course I "ran into" Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Museum of Natural History (see picture left), the museum where the debate will take place. When I walked into the museum I was surprised to see Richard Dawkins there being interviewed by a television crew. He was, of course, talking about his views on science and religion.
I also had the pleasure of sitting under the teaching of Dr. John Lennox during that week in Oxford. Dr. Lennox taught during each of our morning sessions on the book of Acts and he will undoubtedly provide a solid defense of the Christian faith during this forthcoming debate. Dr. Lennox's book, God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, provides a very strong defense of Christianity in the light of modern scientific ideas, easily the best I've read.
Unfortunately, if you were hoping to attend this debate, tickets sold out quickly. You can, however, take advantage of the following resources:
- Attend our church's forthcoming class on apologetics during our Wednesday evening G.I.F.T. ministry (Oct. 22 - Nov. 19, 7:15-8:15). The class is a video series, "Foundations in Apologetics" by RZIM. Lecturers include John Lennox, Ravi Zacharias, and Alister McGrath.
- Read John Lennox's book, God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
- Read Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion.
- Listen to a previous debate between Dawkins and Lennox at Dawkins' own website.
- Listen to John Lennox in other debates/forumns: Does God Exist, a debate between Lennox and Michael Shermer; We'd Be Better Off Without Religion, a panel debate that took place in Australia in August; A Conversation Between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox