Oxford Scholar, Mathematician to Speak

 Oxford scholar John Lennox
John Lennox

Palm Beach Atlantic University hosts its annual President’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture in October with Dr. John Lennox, professor of mathematics (emeritus) at the University of Oxford.

Lennox’s lecture titled, “A Christian Perspective of Artificial Intelligence: Promise or Peril?,” is free and open to the public Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

He will speak to students in chapel on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8 and 9. His message Monday will be based on his latest book, “Against the Flow” (2015), which looks at the lessons for today’s society that one can draw from the life of the biblical figure, Daniel. On Tuesday, Lennox will talk about his experience as a mathematical/scientific “Daniel” in Oxford.

Known for his writing on the interface between science, philosophy and theology, Lennox is a 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 master of arts, master of mathematics and Ph.D. degrees. He worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a Doctor of Science for his research. He also holds an master of arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University and an master of arts in bioethics from the University of Surrey.

Lennox has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe and Australasia on mathematics, the philosophy of science and Christian apologetics. A noted author, his books “God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?” (2009);”God and Stephen Hawking,” a response to The Grand Design (2011); “Gunning for God,” on the new atheism (2011); and “Seven Days that Divide the World,” on the early chapters of Genesis (2011). His latest book, “Against the Flow” (2015), looks at the lessons for today’s society that one can draw from the life of the biblical figure, Daniel. Lennox’s other hobbies include linguistics, amateur astronomy, bird-watching and walking.

Lennox and his wife, Sally, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. They live near Oxford.