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God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? Paperback – September 1, 2011

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745955495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745955490
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A brilliant response to Stephen Hawking's The Grand Design. Make sure you hear both sides of the argument!"  —Alister McGrath, author, The Dawkins Delusion

"Recent books touting atheism have been grounded more on dyspepsia than on dispassionate reason. In this book John considers the best, most recent science from physics and biology, and demonstrates that the picture looks far different from what we've been told."  —Michael Behe, author, Darwin's Black Box on God's Undertaker

"[God and Stephen Hawking] certainly deserves to win the 'Award of Merit' in the '2012 Christianity Today Books Awards.'" —Arn.org

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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Lennox does a good job in pointing out the inconsistencies in Hawking's book.
Robert Brennan
John Lennox. professor of mathematics at Oxford College, responds to Stephen Hawking's “The Grand Design”.
Robert Veale
Over all, Mr. Lennox is very easy to read and his book formats are nicely laid out for the average reader.

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154 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Spellman on September 15, 2011
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When I first read Grand Design by Stephen Hawking, I was struck by how much emphasis he placed on trying to disprove the existence of God rather than explaining M theory in terms easily understood by all. Apparently I was not the only one who saw that Hawking was using his book to put forth his "philosophy", although he claims philosophy is dead. Lennox cuts through Hawking's comments like so many hot knives through butter. Not only does he demonstrate the nature of Hawking's contradictions on philosophy and his erroneous conclusions of creation based on shotty and misplaced arguments, he makes short work of Hawking's scientific conclusions concerning the strength of M theory's legitimacy. Hawking too quickly has held M theory as the "Holy Grail" for science forgetting to mention it is untestable. A point Lennox elaborates upon with great clarity. I found this book enjoyable and honest. It is only 96 pages long, but written in an understandable and concise fashion.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By CAM Book Reviews on January 27, 2012
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McGrath calls this book: "A brilliant response to the 'Grand Design.'" It's only 90 small pages but is loaded with great insights and critical thinking--that which Hawking is really weak. John Lennox (MA PhD, DPhil, DSc; professor Mathematics Oxford) discusses Multi-universes, laws of nature, and rationality in a very easy to understand way. Most high school kids could understand much of this and he makes a great case for the existence of God. Lennox not only wins many public debates, he is a wonderful writer. get this work -it's inexpensive, short and very convincing. give it to an atheist friend, since it is short and doesn't cost much, it is easy to give away.
also see The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom
or Truth, Knowledge and the Reason for God: The Defense of the Rational Assurance of Christianity
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97 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Noelle the Dreamer on September 11, 2011
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I think it is safe to say most everyone has heard of Stephen Hawking, a well known English scientist, physicist and mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the study of the origins, structure and space-time relationships of the universe.

In his book called 'The Grand Design' Mr. Hawking states: 'Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.' and another gem: "One can't prove that God doesn't exist, but science makes God unnecessary."

Well, I must say I was only too happy to read John C. Lennox's answer in 'God and Stephen Hawking: Whose design is it anyway?'. I imagine my grandmother would have a thing or two to say also to Mr. Stephen Hawking...Something such as 'If I am wrong in believing there is a God, then I have lost nothing. However if I am right, and you are wrong, then you have lost everything.'

Hawkins has absolutely no proof of what he calls the 'M' theory which John C. Lennox describes in a much more understandable manner in chapter two of his book. According to Hawking, the 'M' theory (his chosen candidate for a final unifying theory of physics) predicts a great many universes were created out of nothing. But how can something be made out of nothing?

John C. Lennox discusses this and other arguments made by Hawking, presenting both sides of these latest scientific and philosophical methods and theories in a concise and intelligent format yet easy to follow for anyone interested. I admit I know next to nothing of Quantum physics.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul Vjecsner on April 18, 2012
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This booklet is rare in not merely accusing the opponent of illogicality, but also explaining it. Thus the author (pp.29-31), on quoting a main conclusion of Hawking: "Because there is a law of gravity, the universe will and can create itself out of nothing", notes, "...the first part of that statement: 'Because there is a law of gravity...' ...assumes...that a law of gravity exists. One presumes also...that gravity itself exists, for the simple reason that an abstract mathematical law on its own would be vacuous with nothing to describe". He continues, "gravity or the law of gravity is not 'nothing' ...Hawking appears, therefore, to be simultaneously asserting that the universe is created from nothing and from something... But that is not all. His notion that a law of nature (gravity) explains the existence of the universe is also self-contradictory, since a law of nature...depends for its own existence on the prior existence of the nature it purports to describe."

However, the author looks weaker to me in succumbing to religious doctrine and in his attempts to justify it. He argues for miracles, seeming to presume that God can only be manifested through them, as someone "outside nature that could from time to time intervene in nature" (p.91). He strangely strongly engages in the fallacy of appeal to authority, listing numerous "highly intelligent, eminent scientists" (p.82) in his defense, though authorities for the other side can equally be appealed to. More surprisingly, he denies (p.89) that "the laws of nature know no exceptions", saying: "In order to know that experience against miracles is absolutely uniform, [one] would need to have total access to every event in the universe at all time and places". But this is not how experience works.
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