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Coming to Gilnahirk in the New Year!


Against the Tide is a travelogue, an examination of modern science, an excursion into history, an autobiography, and so much more. But at its heart, it is the story of one man’s daring stand against the tide of contemporary atheism and its drive to relegate belief in God to society’s catalogue of dead ideas.

John Lennox (esteemed Oxford professor, mathematician and philosopher of science) along with veteran Hollywood actor, Kevin Sorbo, journey from the university hallways of Oxford and Cambridge to the Holy Land to explore the intersection of science and Christianity and the evidence on which Lennox’s Christian faith stands firm.

Along the way, Professor Lennox illustrates his scholarly travels in the former Soviet Union as well as his debates with prominent atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Krauss, and Peter Singer.

“I have taken a stand against atheism because I am convinced that it is perilously built on false premises and misinterpretations of evidence. Some of it is from science and some of it is from history. Properly understood, the evidence inexorably points to the existence of a creator God.” (Professor John Lennox)

Bringing together the evidence from science and history, follow John Lennox’s battle for the truth about God, told throughout this journey with a difference - and experience the difference the evidence can make!



John Lennox, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, is an internationally renowned speaker and author.

His books, which span the fields of science, philosophy and religion, include God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, Gunning for God, and 2084: Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Humanity, and the God Question. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic he wrote the short popular book Where is God in a Coronavirus World? which was distributed to all homes within the congregation in 2020.

He also happens to be from Northern Ireland originally and is the uncle of Kristyn Getty who, along with her husband Keith, is rightly held in high regard for the many excellent contemporary praise hymns they have produced in recent years such as ‘In Christ alone’, ‘The Lord is my salvation’ and ‘The power of the cross’.


Kevin Sorbo, a veteran Hollywood actor, director, and producer, is best known for his lead role in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, one of the highest-rated syndicated television programmes in the world, TV series Andromeda and the motion pictures God’s Not Dead and Let There Be Light.

We will be watching the film over 2 evenings with a discussion night after each viewing — all in the relaxed format of Café Church in the Stye Brae Upper Hall. Come early (from 6.30pm onwards to get your cuppa and treats!

So please keep the following dates in mind and invite others who may be interested in exploring some of the themes that will be considered:

Café Church Film “Against the Tide” Part 1

on Sunday 15th January at 7.00pm

Café Church Discussion on “Against the Tide” Part 1

on Sunday 5th February at 7.00pm

Café Church Film “Against the Tide” Part 2

on Sunday 19th February at 7.00pm

Café Church Discussion on “Against the Tide” Part 2

on Sunday 19th March at 7.00pm


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