John Lennox

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John Lennox
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Born John Carson Lennox
(1943-11-07) 7 November 1943 (age 72)
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Residence Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Citizenship British
Nationality Northern Irish
Fields Mathematics
Alma mater
Doctoral advisor James Roseblade
Doctoral students Howard Smith

John Carson Lennox (born 7 November 1943) is a Northern Irish mathematician, philosopher of science, Christian apologist, and Professor of Mathematics"Recognition of Distinction". Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-15.  at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He is also Pastoral Advisor of Green Templeton College and Fellow of Wycliffe Hall. He is a leading voice explaining the relationship between science and religion.[1]

Early life[edit]

John Lennox was born in 1943 in Northern Ireland and brought up in Armagh where his father ran a store.Billen, Andrew, God is a person not a theory, The Times, 17 November 2010 He attended The Royal School, Armagh, and went on to become Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where in 1962 he also attended the last lectures of C. S. Lewis on the poet John Donne. Lennox obtained an M.A. and PhD. degree at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a D.Sc. degree in mathematics by the University of Cardiff for his research. Lennox furthermore holds a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford and an M.A. degree in bioethics at the University of Surrey."About John Lennox". Website. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 


Upon completing his doctorate, Lennox moved to Cardiff, Wales, becoming a reader in Mathematics at the University of Wales, Cardiff. During his 29 years in Cardiff he spent a year at each of the universities of Würzburg, Freiburg (as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow), and Vienna, and has lectured extensively in both Eastern and Western Europe, Russia and North America on mathematics, apologetics, and the exposition of Scripture. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles on mathematics and co-authored two Oxford Mathematical Monographs and has worked as a translator of Russian mathematics.

Lennox also teaches science and religion in the University of Oxford. He is the author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion, and ethics, the most recent of which are: Informetika (2001),Budapest: Harmat-Keve Hat die Wissenschaft Gott begraben? (Has Science Buried God?) (2002),Brockhaus, 2002 (Spanish Clie 2003) Worldview (2004) with D. W. Gooding (3 volumes in Russian and Ukrainian). His most recent book is God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? (2011). He has spoken in many different countries, in conferences and as an academic fellow, including numerous trips to the former Soviet Union. On 14 March 2012 he presented an edition of the Lent Talks for BBC Radio Four. Lennox has also given lectures at the Veritas forum on topics such as the relationship between science and religion,[2][3] the existence of God,[4] doubt, and the problems of evil and suffering.[5] Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum, a Christian nonprofit that develops leaders to make contributions to cultural renewal.


Lennox (left) debating religion with Christopher Hitchens in Alabama, March 2009

Lennox has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith, including debates with Christopher Hitchens, Michael Shermer, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Victor Stenger, Michael Tooley, Stephen Law, and Peter Singer.

Personal life[edit]

Lennox speaks English, Russian, French, German, and Spanish. He is married to Sally and has three children and five grandchildren."The God Delusion Debate (Dawkins-Lennox)". Retrieved 2012-04-12.  He has a brother named Gilbert Lennox, an elder in Glennabbey Church, Glengormley.See The recording artist Kristyn Getty is John's niece, being Gilbert's daughter. Lennox is a devout and vocal Christian who has also taken part in many apologetic conferences and debates where he debates with other scientists concerning the existence of God and the compatibility of God with a scientific worldview.


  • Subnormal subgroups of groups, John C. Lennox and Stewart E. Stonehewer. Oxford : Clarendon, 1987. ISBN 0-19-853552-X / ISBN 978-0-19-853552-2
  • Key Bible Concepts, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Port Colborne : Gospel Folio Press, 1997. ISBN 1882701410 / ISBN 9781882701414
  • Christianity: Opium or Truth?, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Port Colborne : Gospel Folio Press, 1997. ISBN 1882701461 / ISBN 9781882701469
  • The Definition of Christianity, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Port Colborne : Gospel Folio Press, 2001. ISBN 1882701429 / ISBN 9781882701421
  • The Theory of Infinite Soluble Groups, John C. Lennox, University of Oxford, and Derek J. S. Robinson, University of Illinois, 2004 | 458 p | Clarendon Press, ISBN 0-19-850728-3 / ISBN 978-0-19-850728-4
  • God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, John C. Lennox, Lion UK, Updated edition (1 September 2009)| 224 p | ISBN 0-7459-5371-9
  • The Bible & Ethics, David Gooding and John C. Lennox. Ontario : Myrtlefield Trust, 2011.
  • Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science, John C. Lennox, Zondervan (9 August 2011) | 192p | ISBN 0-310-49217-3
  • God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?, John C. Lennox, Lion UK, 1st edition (1 September 2011) | 96 p | ISBN 0-7459-5549-5
  • Gunning for God: A Critique of the New Atheism, John C. Lennox, Lion UK, 1st edition (1 October 2011) | 248 p | ISBN 0-7459-5322-0
  • Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism, John C. Lennox, Monarch Books, 1st edition (20 February 2015) | 416 p | ISBN 085721621X


  1. ^ Lennox, John (2010). God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?. Lion Hudson. ISBN 9780825479120. 
  2. ^ "Has Science Buried God?". Veritas Forum. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Has Science Buried God". Veritas Forum. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "God: Fact or Fiction?". Veritas Forum. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Why is there suffering in the world?". The Veritas Forum. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 

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