University of Vermont
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Can There Be Morality Without God?

A conversation between a Christian and a Pragmatic Atheist

October 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall

About the Presenters
Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.

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 MA and PhD. He worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a DSc for his research. He also holds a DPhil from Oxford University and an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey. He was a Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Freiburg in Germany. In addition to over seventy published mathematical papers he is the co-author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.

His most recent books are Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target (2011) and a publication on the book of Genesis called Seven Days that Divide the World (2011). He has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defense of Christianity.

In 2011, he debated Peter Singer on the question “Is there a God?”.  He has also debated Richard Dawkins on "The God Delusion" in the University of Alabama (2007) and on "Has Science buried God?" in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival 2008) and in Samford University, Alabama on the question: Is God Great?

His hobbies are languages, amateur astronomy, amateur bird-watching and some walking. John is married to Sally, they have three grown up children and seven grandchildren and live near Oxford.



Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Vermont

Michael Ashooh is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vermont.  Professor Ashooh teaches courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Medical Ethics, Kant and Neo-Kantian Philosophy.  He earned his Ph.D.from the University of Toronto.  His area of expertise is Philosophy of Science and the History of Analytic Philosophy.

Marsh Chair of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, University of Vermont

Terence Cuneo's research focuses on metaethics and early modern philosophy, especially the work of Thomas Reid. He has, however, strong interests in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and political philosophy. Recently, he has taught introductory and intermediate classes on ethics, philosophy of religion, and history of modern philosophy. He has also offered seminars on metaethics and political philosophy. The former class focuses on the debate between moral realists and antirealists, the latter on the place of religion in liberal democracy. He is presently plugging away at several projects, including a book manuscript on the intersection of speech act theory and metaethics entitled Speech and Morality.

History at University of Vermont

In March 2014, The Veritas Forum at the University of Vermont welcomed MIT Professor Ian Hutchinson to discuss "Science and Faith: Friends or Foes".