God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

by John C Lennox

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ISBN-13: 9780745955490
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 09/25/2011
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 249,776
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on Faith and Science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has lectured in many universities around the world, including Austria and the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in the interface of Science, Philosophy and Theology. Lennox has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith. He debated Richard Dawkins on "The God Delusion" in the University of Alabama (2007) and on "Has Science buried God?" in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival, 2008) and the question of "Is God Great?" (Samford University, 2010), as well as Peter Singer on the topic of "Is there a God?" (Melbourne, 2011). John is the author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife Sally live near Oxford.

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God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
John Lennox sets out to examine the arguments of Steven Hawking, in his book "The Grand Design", and present his own arguments in non-technical terms. For the most part Lennox is successful, though it is impossible to make all of the arguments in strictly "layman's" terms when you are discussing string theory, quantum physics and deep philosophical ideas. Nevertheless, anyone with a basic understanding of physics and the laws of nature should be able to follow and understand the logic presented. Lennox begins by immediately questioning the validity of Hawking's main conclusion by pointing out contradictions within the statement of the conclusion itself. He continues throughout to peel back the fanciful scientific sounding arguments to reveal that many of them are in fact not scientific, but products of Hawking's own personal beliefs. He also attempts throughout to provide simple everyday examples to show why some of Hawking's conclusions are unproven or even improvable themselves (one of the problems Hawking's has with believing in an intelligent creator.) One thing Lennox avoids is criticism of Hawking's intellect; in fact he repeatedly acknowledges the great mind that Hawking is. But he clearly makes the case for why Hawking's conclusions are not scientific or definitive, while the evidence for an intelligent designer is supported by science, history, philosophy, archaeology and human experience. Lennox is unashamed to admit his own personal belief in Jesus Christ, but he admits that Judaism and Islam also share the basic belief in an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient creator. Whether you believe in a creator or not, one must admit that Lennox' arguments cast doubt on the conclusions reached by Hawking. Not only can we question the conclusions, but the reasoning behind them are shown to be yet improvable, casting into question the idea that they are conclusions at all. And thus this book is recommendable if than for no reason other than it reminds us that we must always question the theories and conclusions of scientists (no matter their caliber and prestige) until they can be proven, and repeatedly so.
VicG More than 1 year ago
John C. Lennox in his new book, "God And Stephen Hawking" published by Lion Books asks the question, "whose design is it anyway? Eminent scientist Stephen Hawking's latest contribution to the so-called New Atheist debate The Grand Design claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the universe into being, rather than God. In this swift and forthright reply, John C. Lennox, Oxford mathematician and author of God's Undertaker, exposes the flaws in Hawking's logic in his latest book, "God And Stephen Hawking". Science has immense cultural and intellectual authority in our sophisticated modern world. With this kind of cache, it must nevertheless be pointed out that not all statements by scientists are statements of science. Therefore such statements do not carry the authority of authentic science, even though it is often erroneously ascribed to them. Commonly written off as the inevitable clash between science and religion, the God debate is actually one between theism and atheism, where there are scientists on both sides. With a remarkable surge of interest in God that defies the so-called secularization hypothesis, it could well be that it is precisely the perceived failure of secularization that is driving the God question ever higher on the agenda. Book after book is being published on the subject by prominent scientists, as Francis Collins, Richard Dawkins, Robert Winston, etc. But were Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Maxwell, to name a few, really all wrong on the God question? With such a lot at stake we surely need to ask Hawking to produce evidence to establish his claim. Do his arguments really stand up to close scrutiny? Has the Grand Master of Physics checkmated the Grand Designer of the Universe? In lively, layman's terms, Mr. Lennox guides us through the key points in Hawking's arguments-with clear explanations of the latest scientific and philosophical methods and theories-and demonstrates that, far from disproving a Creator God, they make His existence seem all the more probable. Chapter subjects include: "The big questions", "God or the laws of nature", "God or the multiverse", "Whose design is it anyway?" and "Science and rationality". "God And Stephen Hawking" is a great resource for Christians, churches and those in ministry who seek to educate themselves and open authentic dialog with those who question. I recommend this book highly. John C. Lennox is Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford, and author of the bestselling God's Undertaker. He lectures on faith and science at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has lectured around the world, including in the United States for Ravi Zacharias; in Austria; and in the former Soviet Union. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
God and Steven Hawking- Whose Design Is It Anyway? by John C. Lennox, is 96 page apologetic work in response to Steven Hawking's well known bestselling work, "The Grand Design". Lennox concedes that Hawking has made accessible to the laymen, his God-less theories of physics, and science to the main-stream, challenging belief in God and the bible. The implications of this atheistic view of God in society are seriously damaging to faith in God. Because of this danger, Lennox feels the need to point out the holes and weakness in Hawking's theories as presented in the "The Grand Design". Specifically, he is not debating about the scientific ideas presented by Hawking but about the conclusions that he comes up with- namely that God does not exist. He feels that Hawking is in error, when he dismisses the validity of philosophy and faith in addressing crucial questions such as the purpose and meaning of life. Lennox challenges the claim that the law of gravity is the explanation for the creation and purpose of the universe and this is not a satisfactory explanation of the laws of nature and morals. In essense, Hawking creates for himself, his own god- which is the universe, or more accurately, the multiverse. Hawking's work, simply is unable to answer the questions as to the purpose or why the world was created. I believe that Lennox's ideas as presented in his book would be more accessible to the laymen in a pamphlet or tract form rather than a 96 page book. The intended market audience of this book is obviously those who have in fact read or are actually familiar with and understand Hawking's works- which I assume is not too many. The way Lennox's book is presented, is not neccessarily the most readable- therefore I believe a smaller booklet form or tract version with graphics and bullet points would be more effective. This book seems more like a research paper and is not very readable to the average reader. As a blogger for Litfuse, I recieved this book from Lion Book publishers for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
eclecticdodo on LibraryThing 10 months ago
An interesting response to Stephen Hawking's The Grand Design. Lennox begins by pointing out the obvious contradiction of Hawking's statement "philosophy is dead" immediately followed by a book that goes beyond the realms of physics and into metaphysics, a.k.a. philosophy. Hawking argues that "natures laws" are inviolable and account for the creation of all things. Lennox challenges this on various grounds, finally concluding that the theory of the multiverse, far from disproving God, leads logically to His existence. This is a short and easily understood book, nevertheless it succeeds in picking significant holes in Hawking's work.
bobhayton on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The new atheists, like Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking, are ever in the public spotlight these days, or so it seems. The idea that brilliant physicists and scientists can make sense of this world without a God appeals to many. Certainly the conclusions reached in books such as Hawking¿s latest book, The Grand Design ¿ that there is no God and no ultimate point to the universe ¿ are conclusions many atheists and secularists are all too eager to affirm. Since everything does fit so nicely together, however, should we wonder if the case made is really as air tight as claimed? If the conclusions are made to order, we might have warrant to carefully scrutinize the claims of these New Atheist authors.John Lennox, author of God¿s Undertaker, and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford in his own right, takes on Stephen Hawking¿s arguments in a forthcoming book published by Lion Books and distributed in the US by Kregel Publications (available July 15). In God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?, Lennox exposes the circular reasoing and non sequitors that abound in Hawking¿s The Grand Design. Lennox begins by framing the scope of what science can really address as it attempts to examine metaphysical questions. He then points out both Hawking¿s dismissal of philosophy and his misunderstanding of Christian theism. God is not merely a ¿god of the gaps¿, an explanation for the world as we know it. The Christian understanding of God has Him outside the boundaries of creation as Lord over all of it, not some explanation for unknown phenomena. As for philosophy, after rejecting it as ¿dead¿, Hawking jumps in and tries his own hand at several metaphysical questions that philosophy has long addressed. Hawking¿s attempt at doing philosophy is all the poorer for his outright rejection of it.Lennox then takes Hawking to task for claiming that the theory of gravity, or scientific laws in general, can operate as a ¿creator¿ in a sense, and be the ultimate cause for our universe. He clarifies what a law or rule of nature really ¿is¿, and illustrates how Hawking makes more of such laws than can really be claimed. He then goes on to show how Hawking¿s ¿M¿ theory of the ¿Multiverse¿ conveniently sidesteps objections by positing the existence of infinite universes. Still the question remains, why are there any universes instead of no universe? Lennox reveals that other major physicists have their own doubts as to the ability that M theory really has for being an explanation of everything.Lennox also addresses head on the claim that miracles cannot happen because the laws of science would be invalidated. He pries open the layers from this question and shows the irrationality of claiming that science strictly forbids the existence of exceptions or miracles.By the end of this short book (it¿s only 100 pages long), Lennox has made a convincing case for theism and demonstrated that reasonable scientists continue to affirm the divine. Lennox¿s book is accessible and clear, even as it interacts with quite complicated elements from Hawking¿s writing. The book doesn¿t own the six-day, young earth Creationist view, but it doesn¿t rule it out either. Lennox argues that often the new atheists assume that to believe in God is to believe in a young earth view, and he shows this is not true. Lennox marshals arguments from science (the very idea of the big bang supports the Bible¿s claim that the world has a beginning ¿ something science has only admitted in the last hundred years), philosophy, history and the realm of human experience. The resulting case is convincing and should serve to bolster the faith of any troubled by the new atheism. At the least, it offers avenues of further exploration available in grappling with these issues.Before closing my review, I should excerpt a small section from this book which captures some of Lennox¿s craft in action. This excerpt will illustrate his style and the way he can cut to the heart of an is
MadMooseMama on LibraryThing 10 months ago
God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway? is a philosophical approach to counter the "there is no god" scientific thought.Author, John Lennox takes a few key issues in Stephen Hawking's thesis and explains them with a philosophical approach. He counters all that the scientific athiest's claim that the world could only have been created through science, physics and mathematical principles. The scientists involved with this theory claim that God is a myth brought about by pagan and heathen cultures in order to tame the masses.Such questions as why is there something rather than nothing, why do we exist, how does the universe behave are among a few of the Hawking's hypothesis that are explained in this book. The author shares his vision and concepts with the reader, answering with his own mathematical basis as comparison. The arguments shared and explored are many each of us has thought about over the course of history.Many insights and examples via historical figures such as Hesoid, Isaac Newton, Galileo, Kepler to name a few are shared with the reader. Their scientific hypothesis and philosophies are shared with the reader to further strengthen the thought that God does exist, something cannot be created from nothing, for even with nothing, it is something.This is a very intellectual read. It is small and concise but heavily loaded with scientific explanations and accounts. If you've read Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" or "The Grand Design", then you will understand the principles involved with this thesis. The explanations given are sound and justified, backed with important examples via history and science. John Lennox is a mathematician himself and you can feel this as you read his logic concerning God and the Universe. He shows us that Gods existence is more than probable and sets his writing with many fine examples. Lennox believes that science and history are not the only sources to prove God's existence, all one needs to do is look around themselves and come to their own conclusions. All aspects and thoughts of God are based on personal experience and only the individual can truly decide what it is they believe to be true.I would suggest this book for anyone with questions about God's theology and existence. I would also recommend this for anyone who wishes to read an intelligent book about science, God, history and philosophy.
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amomwithablog More than 1 year ago
God and Stephen Hawking; Whose Design Is It Anyway? by John C. Lennox is a small book with a big message. It is written by John C. Lennox as a response to Stephen Hawking's The Grand Design, in which the claim is made that the universe created itself from nothing... that the laws of physics brought the universe into existence rather than being created by God. John C. Lennox shares his views as a fellow scientist and points out that "not all statements by scientists are statements of science, and so do not carry the authority of authentic science even though such authority is often erroneously ascribed to them." And he adds that this applies to himself as well. This is a very informative book and I enjoyed reading it. Although, I found myself having to re-read many parts of it as I it was a bit over my head. That being said... I will read it again as I am very interested in this subject. It is clearly laid out and I did find that I learned a great deal if I took it a bit slower to comprehend what I was reading. I may not retain all that I read, but I will certainly keep this handy for future conversations. I found it to be a valuable resource and I am happy to have had the chance to review it. I hope I did it justice. I recommend this book for anyone interested in this popular debate, regardless of which side you are on. *Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. ~Thanks!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a great little book, it is only 96 pages, but packed with information. Steven Hawking is the best selling author of Grand Design and an advocated Atheist. He more or less states that there is no God who created the Earth, even though he really doesn't have an answer as to how it was created. I loved Mr Lennox's statement "that the widespread belief that atheism is the default intellectual position is untenable." Wow!!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
God and Stephen Hawking by John C. Lennox is a reasoned attack on Stephen Hawking's book The Grand Design, as well as his recent statement that "Heaven is a fairy tale..." Lennox, a respected Oxford mathematician defends the idea of a Creator in this slim but powerful volume. Hawking has insisted that any attempt to use God to explain the mysteries of science is flawed from the start, but Lennox gives hope to Christians by using intelligence and reason to counter this claim. Hawking comes across as a well intentioned hypocrite; he insists that philosophy is dead, but uses philosophy to make his point. Hawking also wants the world to believe in theories that can never be proven, while discarding a logic that would allow less twisted and extreme belief. The book is not an easy read. Unfortunately, Lennox's position as a professor often has him pontificating rather than communicating, and it makes the reading sometimes slow going. That said, Lennox gives Christians some powerful ammo against Hawking's attacks on faith, and the book is a must read for anyone wanting to understand just how wrong the brilliant scientist is.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
When you read a title like that, if you're like me, you wonder, just who is Stephen Hawking? Stephen Hawking has made a name for himself by being one of the greatest modern day physicists up there with Einstein, Newton and others. He has also made it a goal to discredit God for creation as much as he possibly can. So many people are being lulled into the notion that if science can answer any question, it must be the absolute truth right? So whose design is it anyway? In the mini book by John C. Lennox, God and Stephen Hawking, he takes the Christian viewpoint in taking on each of the questions posed by Mr. Hawking in his latest book, The Grand Design, co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow, which is climbing to the top of the best seller list. Here are the questions that book apparently addresses with answers from science experts, Dr. Hawking and Mr. Mlodinow: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? Where did this all come from? Did the universe need a Creator? Stephen Hawking does not hide the claim that he is an atheist, and his premise for this book is it is his claim it is the laws of physics, not the will of God, that provide the real explanation as to how the universe came into being. The Big Bang he argues was the inevitable consequence of these laws: "because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing." To refute these claims Mr. Lennox explains it perfectly clear in my opinion, "the laws of physics can explain how a jet engine works, but not how it came to exist in the first place. It is self-evident that the laws of physics could not have create a jet engine on their own. That task also needed the intelligence, imagination, and scientific creativity of Sir Frank Whittle. Indeed, even the laws of physics plus Frank Whittle were not sufficient to produce a jet engine. There also needed to be some material that Whittle could use. Matter may be humble stuff, but laws can not create it. (pg. 37-38) I received this book compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and loved the simplicity in which these arguments are logically explained. This is just the book I've been looking for when faced with the challenges from some who want scientific proof for God's existence. This is just the book I've been wanting for so long. Hands down a 5 out of 5 stars. John C. Lennox John C. Lennox is Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford, and author of the bestselling God's Undertaker. He lectures on faith and science at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has lectured around the world, including in the United States for Ravi Zacharias; in Austria; and in the former Soviet Union.
rtwins More than 1 year ago
God And Stephen Hawking by John C. Lennox is a small but powerful book. Stephen Hawking has been called the world's most famous living scientist. He recently retired from a position at Lucasian Professorship in Cambridge, once held by Sir Issac Newton. Hawking's book The Grand Design is his contribution to the New Atheist debate which claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the universe into being, not God. He denies the existence of God or even a Supreme Being. John Lennox, an Oxford mathematician, dissects Hawking's logic and then places it under a microscope to see if this logic will hold up under scrutiny. John Lennox's presentation is simple and the language is clear enough for a high school student to understand. As a home school parent, I highly recommend this book as a supplement to science education for teens through adults. Lennox examines these statements from Hawking: ?The universe can and will create itself out of nothing. ?Our universe and its laws appear to have a design that both is tailor-made to support us and, if we are to exist, leaves little room for alteration. But to believe that there is a Designer is old and outdated. ?Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. ?Given the state of the universe at one time, a complete set of laws fully determines both the future and the past. That would exclude the possibility of miracles or an active role for God. ?The laws of nature know no exceptions, thus there are no miracles. If you have personal questions or are in discussion with one who is questioning God's existence, this book is for you. It is concise and in layman's terms, absent of deep scientific terminology. John Lennox demonstrates that the more one studies Hawking's theories, the more proof is uncovered of God's existence. John C. Lennox is Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford, and author of the bestselling God's Undertaker. He lectures on faith and science at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has lectured around the world, including in the United States for Ravi Zacharias; in Austria; and in the former Soviet Union.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
This book is energetically written and you can immediately feel his passion for this subject. Mr. Lennox refutes Mr. Hawking using logic and reason, adding humor and common sense. I really liked his energy throughout the entire book, his train of reason was easy to follow along with and I enjoyed the straightforward style of his writing, as if he were talking right to me. I felt that he argued well and that I learned somethings about other worldviews that I'd never thought about before. I also appreciated how he he stayed right on topic throughout the entire book. On the negative, and I really don't like to say things that are negative but I felt that I had to speak up. In this book Mr. Lennox briefly mentioned the timeline of Creation and implied that nobody knows how much time it took and that it could have taken 13.7 billion years. This goes against my beliefs, I believe in a literal 6 day creation as written in the Bible. I felt that Mr. Lennox should have stood up for a literal 6 day creation, though I applaud him for boldly speaking out for unique Creation by the One and Only God, a thing that too few people do these days. Overall I thought that this was an engaging read, that was easy to understand, and I learned a lot! But I would advise this book to be read with discernment, by a teenage and adult audience. Thanks! *To avoid a conflict of interest I must, in order to comply with the FTC, inform you that I received this book for free in exchange for my help promoting this book and my honest opinion. I was not required to give a positive review. So this is my honest opinion. Thanks!