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God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"[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 quote: "I dare to hope that, for some of you, this little book may be the start of a journey that will eventually lead to your coming to believe in the God who not only made the universe but also conferred on you the immeasurable dignity of creating you in his image, with the capacity for thought and intellectual curiosity that got you reading this book in the first place."
1. After declaring that philosophy is dead (and science will explain all), Hawking begins to posit philosophical statements thus contradicting himself right in the beginning of the book.
2. After displaying an inadequate view of philosophy, Hawking displays an inadequate view of God. That is, he shows the foolishness of the old Greek mythological gods but never interacts with the God of the Bible.
3. Hawking states, “ Because of the law of gravity, the universe creates itself out of nothing.” Lennox writes “Hawking appears therefore to be simultaneously asserting than the universe is created from nothing and from something - not a very promising start.” Indeed for something to create itself is nonsense.
4. Hawking misunderstands the nature of physical laws. These physical laws (and theories) describe the regularities found in nature. To quote Lennox again, “... the theories and laws cannot even cause anything, let alone create it.” He then illustrates this by saying that Newton’s law’s of motion do not cause billiard balls to race across the table.
5. Hawking states that the M-Theory (string theory) and the multiverse explain the coming from nothing. Indeed in these theories, whatever universes can exist, do exist. This leads to bizarre conclusions. These theories are not verifiable or falsifiable and therefore can the even be considered science?
With these 5 fundamental points, not much is left of Hawking’s book. To quote Lennox again, “.... nonsense remains nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists.”
“God and Stephens Hawking” is a short book of less than 100 pages and relatively small in size. Lennox gets right to his points and is relatively concise to this book will not be a burden to read. If you want a more in-depth (but readable) critique of M-Theory, check out “Big Bang Big God” by R. Holder.