Seven Days that Divide the World

Eric Metaxas and Socrates in the City present an evening with John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, at the Union Club in New York City on January 31, 2013. Dr. Lennox explores a method for reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. Afterward Metaxas is heard asking, “Why didn’t I ever have any math teachers like this?” (Reproduced by permission of Socrates in the City).

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16 Comments on “Seven Days that Divide the World

  1. Loved watching this talk and the book is fantastic. Thank you John for firing up a passion for Christian apologetics in me and banishing the fear of asking questions of myself and others. Hope I can catch one of your talks in person at some point in the future.

  2. Curious, Dr. Lennox, if you feel the specificity of the genealogy of Gen. 5 (doing the numbers) does give us a specific age for mankind? Don’t want to go beyond what Scripture says, but likewise feel like some simple maths in Scripture should not be explained away, either. Your thoughts?

  3. I have read all of Dr Lennox’s books and they are excellent. I particularly love “Seven Days That Divide The World”. What an insightful and thoughtful look at the scriptures that are attacked with such regularity and most often with such vitriol. Not only does Dr. Lennox make his case, he takes the fight to those skeptics with calm scholarship and scientific evidence that is most impressive. If this book does not stir your mind then you are brain dead. Well done!!!

  4. Loved it !!! I’m definitely a fan of Dr Lennox. I think there is more to Genesis in regards to the word Day. He makes some very valid points, but I wonder if when God dictated Genesis to Moses, if Moses considered whether God was meaning Day as in literal or a period of time? What did evening and morning mean to Moses and his people? Did God say that, thinking of his people’s comprehension abilities at the time? Are we making the reading of Genesis too complex?
    All Glory to GOD

    • is a helpful site to answer all kinds of questions like this. “Yom” transliterated Hebrew for day can be a period of time or an actual 24 hour day. It depends on the context. “Evening and morning” gives us a huge clue. Exodus 20.11 makes even more clear clear that God intended us to understand that the creation days are 24 hour days. the Sabbath is one day a week, the seventh day when God rested.

  5. God is good. And I find it very refreshing to see an intelligent person such as Doctor Lennox, love God as he does. I would like to see some charts and examples to go with the presentation. I read Seven Days…and enjoyed it very much.

  6. St. Paul in Athens? I thank God for raising one like you, John the Church is in dire need for defending the the truth of the gospel.

  7. “there is no doubt that those days in which the heavens and the earth
    were created were different from these days and different from the
    time that is the measure of the movements of these [celestial] spheres.
    Those days were [in fact] measured by the movements of bodies existent
    before the creation of the heavens and the earth.”

    Ibn Taymiyyah (d.1328)

  8. Dr. Lennox, you are wrong, and your book did not reconcile the lie with the truth, God created the world in 6 days of 24 hours, and heaven and earth were created on the first day of creation, your book adds to confusion, and exposes your wrong doctrine, there is no scientific proof for a billions of years old earth, that was intoduced as a dogma to make darwinianism fit, lordsdays are not billions of years long, and death came after the fall, the fall misses in your talks, the curse of the earth

  9. You also say in your talks that pain and suffering is difficult to explain to people that cannot reconcile this with a good God, but no it is easy, law and transgression and punishment, fit perfectly with eachother and a good God, God is love, love is justice, justice is judgement, judgement is punishment, punishment is the wages of sin, sin is transgression of the law, the law is the will of God, God is good. God is grace in that he reconciles unwilling enemies with himself in christ jesus.

  10. Appreciate everything by Dr. Lennox.
    One clip has been removed namely the 8 minute condensed clip on Seven Days. I have used the 8 min as bait. Hope you can re-post this
    Thank you

  11. I liked your book, Seven days that divide the world.
    I would like a review of the story of Noah. I don’t know how to approach it, any suggestions?