I’ve been thinking about John Lennox lately. He is according to his website, “John Lennox MA, MA (Bioethics), PhD., DPhil, DSc., is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College. He is also Lecturer at Wycliffe-Hall, University of Oxford.” He has participated in many public debates with prominent atheists and much of it is available online.
What some may not know is that John lived for many years in Cardiff, was actively involved in his local church and on at least one occasion even came to speak at Eb. I also had the privilege a few years ago of hearing him speak again at Highfields Church in Cardiff on the Book of Daniel, it was amazing.
Last night during the Youth Bible study one of the guys prayed for John and for Alister McGrath that the Lord would help and protect them. I think this is a really good prayer as they and others are on the front line of a battle.
We are living in a culture where militant atheism is becoming more pronounced. Last week Simon Mayo a major BBC presenter, expressed in the Daily Telegraph, concern over the way that religious belief is treated by the BBC, you can read it here. He writes “I’ve just listened to David Tennant on Desert Island Discs. His father was a minister and that was seen to be a problem [by Kirsty Young, presenter].” In this climate we need Christians who can engage in the debate and put forward a coherent and reasoned approach to faith in Christ.
In his letter Jude encourages believers to contend for the faith (Jude v3), it is more necessary today than ever and if we are not personally able to debate with Richard Dawkins and co, let’s pray for those who do.