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The 2017 E.T.S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion will be given by:

Prof. John Lennox

Department of Mathematics
University of Oxford

Cosmic Chemistry: Do God and Science Mix?

Tuesday 28 March 2017
19:30, Devere Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, University College Cork

Abstract. Are religion and science opposed to each other and shouldn’t our understanding of nature lead us to atheism? The answers to these questions have huge ramifications for how we live today. In this highly accessible talk, Prof. John Lennox will look at whether it is actually theism that sits more comfortably with science or atheism.

God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

Thursday 30 March 2017
19:30, Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Abstract. In their book The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow argue that the universe came into existence from nothing without the need for a creator. In this highly accessible talk, Prof. John Lennox will explore the validity of such arguments and analyse the common notion that we have to choose between science and God.

The 2017 Walton Lectures are part of Reasons for Hope 2017, and are organised by Christians in Science Ireland in collaboration with Christian Unions Ireland, the UCC Christian Union, and the TCD Christian Union.

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics (emeritus) at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall of the University of Oxford, and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. He studied at the Royal School Armagh, Northern Ireland and was Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University from which he took his MA, MMath and PhD.

John Lennox has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe and Australasia on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defence of Christianity. He has defended the Christian faith in public debates with Christopher Hitchens, Michael Shermer, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Victor Stenger, Michael Tooley, Stephen Law, and Peter Singer.

John Lennox has written a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy and theology, including:
God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (Lion Hudson 2009),
God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway? (Lion Hudson 2011), which is a response to Hawking and Mlodinow's book The Grand Design (Bantan Books 2010),
Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target (Lion Hudson 2011), which is a critique of the New Atheism.

More information about John Lennox can be found at www.johnlennox.org.

The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion

The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion (Walton Lectures in brief) are a series of lectures on currents topics related to science and religion, suitable to an audience of academics and informed lay persons. Each year a speaker, who is a scientist, philosopher, or theologian of international reputation, will be invited to give a lecture, which will be held in one or more locations on the island of Ireland.

The Walton Lectures are named after physicist and Nobel laureate the late Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton. Walton's work as a scientist and his Christian commitment are well documented in the biography written by V. J. McBrierty: Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton, The Irish Scientist, 1903-1995 (Trinity College Dublin, 2003). Walton was strongly committed to the Methodist faith, and following the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 jointly to himself and John Cockroft, he spoke on science and religion to audiences in Ireland, the United States, and Sweden. The award to Walton is to date the only Irish Nobel prize in science.

The Walton Lectures are organised by Christians in Science Ireland.

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