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"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

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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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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745955495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745955490
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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As John Lennox so nicely shows, Hawking (and Mlodinow) claim early in their book that philosophy is dead, then continue to write a book full of philosophy.

Like Lawrence Krauss, Hawking (and Mlodinow) claim that the universe created itself from nothing -- Lennox shows that their definition of "nothing" is not really nothing at all.

But worse for Hawking (and Mlodinow), Lennox shows that "the main conclusion of the [Hawking and Mlodnow] book turns out not simply to be a self-contradiction, which would be disaster enough, but to be a triple self-contradiction."

So Lennox's critique of Hawking and Mlodinow's book is a lot like William Lane Craig's critique of Richard Dawkins' "God Delusion" book. In both cases, the **very central theses** of these atheist-promoting books are devastatingly flawed.

I guess this is what happens when ideology is mixed with ignorance of another's discipline, and the fame and fortune of book sales.
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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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Hawking is a brilliant physicist whose personal agenda to disprove God frequently causes him to make the most absurd and contradictory statements. Lennox clearly points out these glaring errors in Hawking's writings. One example is how Hawking begins his book "The Grand Design" by declaring philosophy dead, thus implying only science remains as the sole custodian of truth. As Lennox astutely points out, Hawking's own statement concerning the death of philosophy was self refuting, as it was purely a philosophical statement in and of itself. The rest of Hawking's book is filled with philosophical statements, most of which become the major scaffolding for his theories, especially M theory. Such glaring errors are enough to allow Hawking credit where credit is due, but nothing more: A brilliant physicist does not necessarily a great philosopher or an honest scientist make. Lennox skillfully points out Hawking's inexplicable love affair with the untenable concept of "multiverse", and questions why Hawking can embrace such an unscientific, unprovable notion, yet casually dismiss Intelligent Design as being an illogical and unacceptable explanation for first cause. The case Lennox lays out about Hawking leaves one wondering how far atheistic scientists are willing to wander into fantasy land to avoid the issue of God.
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