The Science Delusion
by Tony Vance
‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins, was an attempt to ‘bury’ the ‘God Hypothesis’, as he puts it. Though I am no where near Dawkins’ scholarly level (!); I am an intelligent, clear thinking, and well-read critic (no comment from my wife). I know of scientists, renowned for their scientific minds and research, which find the idea of God quite acceptable. One example is Dr. John Lennox. Lennox has multiple peer reviewed research papers and is considered an expert in mathematical exercises. The following Wikipedia snippet is indicative of his career, “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,” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennox). Lennox is not a light weight in the scientific field. As a side note, he and Dawkins have even debated, based on the book mentioned above, too. Lennox and Dawkins are also colleagues at Oxford University.
“John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University, and teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. In addition, he is an Adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, as well as being 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. He worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a DSc for his research. He also holds an MA and DPhil from Oxford University and an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey. He was a Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Würzburg and Freiburg in Germany,” (1)
Lennox is an example of a scientist who clearly sees God in the details, as I and many others do, as well. So, to play on Dawkins’ title, this article is entitled ‘The Science Delusion’. I am not attempting to destroy or discredit science, but to take on the many problems that science can’t offer solutions to; the big and little questions. Science can answer many of the little ‘why’ questions, such as; why does it thunder, why does light separate in a prism, and why does my cat shoot out sparks when I rub him in the dark. These are questions that once baffled us, but we now know the answers, thanks to science. The big ‘WHY’S’ are not as clear, for example; why is there something rather than nothing, what is the meaning of life, and why (why ‘anything’)? These need metaphysical, philosophical, and theological answers. Science cannot and will not answer these questions. Let’s tackle some…