Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-02-17

Oxford University professor and Christian apologist John Lennox will debate atheist/journalist Christopher Hitchens on the topic "Is God Great?" Tuesday, March 3, at Samford University.

The 6 p.m. program will be held in Samford's Wright Center Concert Hall, with a book-signing to follow in the lobby. Tickets are available from The Samford Socratic Club is sponsoring the event.

Lennox is professor of mathematics at Oxford who also teaches courses in science and religion. In addition to extensive writing in his field of mathematics, he is author of the 2007 book, God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

Hitchens is an author, journalist and literary critic who wrote the 2007 book, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. He has been a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation and other publications.

Lennox and Hitchens debated previously in a lively event at the Edinburgh International Festival. Lennox also has debated other leading atheists including Richard Dawkins and Michael Shermer. #

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.