It’s the tale of two crowns: the so-called coronavirus that looks like a crown under the microscope, and Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. Can God be good when thousands around the world get sick and die from something they cannot even see? Where is he, and what is he doing?

John Lennox poses these and other good questions in a new book, Where Is God in a Coronavirus World?, published by The Good Book Company. John Lennox is professor of mathematics at Oxford University (emeritus) and an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy, and religion. He is senior fellow with the Trinity Forum and has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity, including Can Science Explain Everything? You may also know him from his debates with noted atheists Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Peter Singer, and his book Gunning for God.

In his new book on COVID-19, Lennox points out how the coronavirus exposes our vulnerability, when we expend so much energy pretending that we are immortal. And yet it should be obvious that the relationship between creator and creation is disordered. All is not well. Perhaps this epidemic will make it impossible to avoid the fact that we will all die.

What, then, can Christians say to an anxious world? Can we solve this problem? Lennox doesn’t go that far. He writes that “a Christian is not so much a person who has solved the problem of pain, suffering and the coronavirus, but one who has come to love and trust a God who has himself suffered.” Our discussion touches on God’s providence and how we can determine the purpose and nature of his judgments, as well as the differences between natural and moral evil.

Listen in on Gospelbound as Lennox and I discuss the God who wears the crown and why we can love and trust him.


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