Jerry Johnston Interviews John Lennox on Faith and Reason
A highly acclaimed Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and defender of the Christian faith? Reason and the Christian faith are not at odds. However, few men and women in the church are receiving answers to their pressing questions. I asked Christian apologist, mathematician, and author, Dr. John Lennox, his opinion of the dramatic rise of the nones. He replied,
“So, people walk away from the church and I meet many young people that, they are interested in talking about Christ, they’ll talk about Christianity, they’ll talk about the evidence, they’ll talk about relationship with God. But they’re not interested in the institutionalized church. Now in this country, we had a survey done by the BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation about 4 or 5 years ago. It was a high profile survey and one of the questions was asked, “why do you leave the church?” The number one answer to that was, “they don’t answer our questions.” That to my mind is one of the most important things. Unfortunately, we’ve lost the spirit of the – if you like – the the early apostles, the early church fathers who out-thought their contemporaries as one person put it, one scholar. They were involved in the debate, they taught children there were answers to the big questions. But in countries like the UK and America where they’ve enjoyed centuries of a dominate Christian church, people have been able to coast and nominal Christianity has come to the surface. So that young people are defenseless when they meet what appears to be insuperable arguments thrown at them by leading thinkers like Richard Dawkins, so on and so forth. They don’t know how to cope.”
Do you have an answer? The desire of Cristie Jo and I is for Christians to be ready to give a defense of the hope that is within them (1 Peter 3.15). With that in mind, we are creating multiple resources for all ages and writing a trilogy that will accompany the documentary. We are developing these resources so you can be equipped with answers.