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TRANSCRIPT: Why Are We Here? God, Life, and the Pursuit of Happiness with John Lennox

Here is the audio, transcript, and summary of a conversation titled “Why Are We Here? God, Life, and the Pursuit of Happiness” where Brown professor Linford Fisher questions Oxford scholar John Lennox on our highest values and treasured beliefs. This event occurred on 22 February 2013.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Linford Fisher: Well, good afternoon to all of you. It’s great to see everyone here, and I want to add my warm welcome to Professor Lennox. I’m so looking forward to this quaint Irish accent here as soon as you speak.

And I understand you came from St. Louis. It must have been the only airplane they allowed out of the Midwest. You made it here. I’m very delighted about that. It’s a privilege to have Professor Lennox here today. And it’s not often, perhaps, that mathematicians are the hobnob of historians, and certainly the same is true. I don’t hang out with mathematicians very often. And I’m desperately hoping that you don’t ask a difficult math question here on me suddenly because I won’t be able to answer it.

So Brown students have been braving the harsh weather and the storms and the snowfall over the past couple of weeks, trying to collect from their peers different kinds of questions to ask you about God, life, happiness, and purpose.

And indeed, there were hundreds of questions to sort through, many of them very, very good and difficult ones, and we won’t have time to address them all in this presentation, at least not formally. So we’ve selected the most difficult of all the questions, and we’ve saved them to ask you here this afternoon as a way of opening up a very honest and rich conversation about these topics here at hand.

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