This year’s Keswick Convention has seen its highest attendance ever in its 138 year history, with people crowding beyond the main tent to hear Professor John Lennox’s Bible talks every day this week. He told the crowd that there is no battle between God and science.
Prof Lennox is a mathematician from Oxford University, who has robustly defended the Christian faith from attacks from the ‘new atheists’. He has publicly debated Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and many others, and authored numerous books on the subject.
Professor Lennox has been speaking on Genesis chapters 1-3, which contains the Creation story. He stressed the meaning behind the passages – that God was the Creator of the Universe, as compared with other ancient concepts of gods that were supposedly created by the Earth. Lennox stressed that there is no conflict between science and Christian faith, pointing out that Bill Phillips, a physicist who won the Nobel prize for his work, is an evangelical Christian.
“The battle is not between God and science,” said Lennox to the audience. “There is a battle, between the worldview of theism and atheism, and there are scientists on both sides. Dawkins and Co will tell everyone that the only rationally intelligent position to hold is atheism. I feel the exact opposite. Atheism satisfies Dawkins’ definition of a delusion.”
There were a record 3,500 people listening to the talk on Monday 22 July, with people spilling out of the main tent due to a shortage of seats.
For the rest of the week, the Convention has started streaming the talk into a local church in order to make extra seating available, so that all can have a seat to hear the talk. Free audio recordings of the talks will become available at www.keswickministries.org, along with other key talks.
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