The Love of God

The great Princeton theologian Charles Hodge writes against the philosophers conception of God’s attribute of Love, concluding that the love of God is not thoroughly dissimilar to a human’s experience of loving another – that is, with feeling and emotion.

His thoughts on this express my own thoughts – only better. That is our understanding of the love of God must be commensurate with the picture given to us by Jesus Christ Himself; of a middle-eastern man who continually waits on his porch for his wayward son to return; who when he sees his son afar off runs to him (in context very undignified), throws his arms around him and kisses him; and who barely pauses for his son’s apology before calling for a big celebration (see Luke 15:11-31).

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John Lennox coming to New Zealand

Next month, John Lennox will be visiting New Zealand for a speaking tour. Here are the public events that have been confirmed so far:

AUCKLAND (27 February – 2 March)

– Sunday 27 February:

9:30 – 11:00am Howick Baptist Church

1:00 – 3:00pm Q&A with John Lennox, at Salvation Army (East City Corps) 37-45 Wellington Street, Howick Auckland (hosted by Howick Baptist Church)

7pm Greenlane Christian Centre

Monday 28 February:

7:00 – 9:00pm “Christ Among the Philosophers”: An evening with John Lennox” at St. Paul’s (hosted by Compass). Facebook page here.

Tuesday 1 March:

12:00 – 1:00pm Lecture at Auckland University (Room TBA), “Has Science Buried God?” (organised by TSCF)

1:00-2:00pm Lecture at Auckland University (Room TBA), “Has Science Buried God?” (organised by TSCF)

3:00pm Meeting for Christian Academic Staff, “Faithfully Engaging with the Academy”

7:30-9:30pm “So you want to change the world?” Organised by TSCF for Christian students and young adults – 441 Queen Street, TSCF Offices

Wednesday 2 March:

8:30 Speaking at World Vision chapel

Afternoon: Lecturing for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme

WELLINGTON (2 – 4 March)

7pm Lecture: “Why God Loves Richard Dawkins?” or “God and Stephen Hawking) at St Michael’s, Kelburn

Thursday 3 March:

Lecturing for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme

Friday 4 March:

Lecturing for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme

CHRISTCHURCH (6 March)

Sunday 6 March:

Spreydon Baptist Church (9am, 11am and 7pm)

[Updated 15 Feb]

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, a philosopher of science, and a seasoned Christian apologist.  Lennox has twice debated Richard Dawkins and is the author of the excellent book, Has Science Buried God?. We don’t often get apologists of his stature here in New Zealand and it will be exciting for Kiwis to have the opportunity to hear him.

I’ll update the blog as soon as the dates are finalized and available.  In the meantime, here are some of his lectures to whet your appetite:

• Engaging the New Atheism (Basics 2009 Conference) – Download Audio
• Engaging the Mind: The Defense of Christianity (Basics 2009 Conference) – Download Audio
• Using Scripture to Engage the Mind and Imagination (Basics 2009 Conference) – Download Audio

• In the beginning God (New Horizon 2008) – Download Audio or Video
•Reasons for Hope (New Horizon 2008) – Download Audio or Video