Time for Science: What can we really know?

2. 11. 2017

Time for Science: What can we really know?
Date: 2nd November 2017 od 19:00

Where: Law Faculty, Charles University in Prage, room Collegium Maximum

Organizers: Univerzitní křesťanské hnutí and Faculty of Arts, Charles University

Time for Science: What can we really know?


The speaker will open the lecture with a summary of Emanuel Kant’s thoughts: what can we really know? What can we hope for? How should we react based on the answers? With this the lecture enters an epistemoligcal part and thoughts of René Descart. John Lennox will give space to thoughts of Edmund Husserl as well. This way we will have a chance to see, what can we know based on measurable data. And whether there is a type of knowledge related to human knowledge or something bigger than us. John Lennox will as well talk about the science as a tool for knowledge and will compare major Christian and non-Christian scientists and their convictions. And by that we are faced with the question: What can we really know?

Admission free. The lecture will be only in English. The subsequent video recording will be subtitled in Czech.

John Lennox

Prof. John C. Lennox M.A., PhD., DPhil., DSC, was born in Armagh (Northern Ireland) in the family of a shopping centre manager. His parents raised him in the Christian faith. When he found himself in the world of the academia in Cambridge, he attended one of the last lectures of the theologian C. S. Lewis and he had to let his faith undergo the criticism of other academicians and scrutinize it himself. He found out that the more critically he studied it, the more persuaded he was that there was evidence and rational arguments for the existence of God. He lectured as a professor of mathematics at the University of Cardiff for almost thirty years, and also taught at the universities in Würzburg, Freiburg and Vienna.

When the movement of the New Atheists (especially after 9/11) started criticising the influence of religion on humans and history, John Lennox stepped to the fore as a speaker and advocate of the Christian faith. His debates with the leading atheists, such as Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens, were widely watched and made him express his arguments in a book form (God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (2009), Gunning for God (2011), and Seven Days that Divide the World (2011)). His opponent – long distance – is also Stephen Hawking; Lennox responded to Hawking’s book The Grand Design (2011) with his own, God and Stephen Hawking (2011).

Currently, he is a professor of mathematics and philosophy at the University of Oxford.