God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

The Grand Design , by eminent scientist Stephen Hawking, is the latest blockbusting contribution to the so called New Atheist debate, and claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God In this swift and forthright reply, John Lennox, Oxford mathematician and author of God s Undertaker , exposes the flaws in Hawking s logic I The Grand Design , by eminent scientist Stephen Hawking, is the latest blockbusting contribution to the so called New Atheist debate, and claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God In this swift and forthright reply, John Lennox, Oxford mathematician and author of God s Undertaker , exposes the flaws in Hawking s logic In lively, layman s terms, 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 probable.
God and Stephen Hawking Whose Design Is It Anyway The Grand Design by eminent scientist Stephen Hawking is the latest blockbusting contribution to the so called New Atheist debate and claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the Univers

  • Title: God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?
  • Author: John C. Lennox
  • ISBN: 9780745955490
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Stephen Hawking evidently enjoys the gentle art of trolling; I reluctantly concede that I am a rank amateur in his august company. All the same, John Lennox's irate reply sounds eerily familiar. If I may paraphrase for a moment:Dear Dr Rayner Professor Hawking,You think you are so clever, but your Harry Potter review popular book on cosmology shows you are just plain dumb. You say that YA literature is crap philosophy is dead, but your whole review book just reads like the worst kind of YA liter [...]

    2. I can feel that John Lennox is deeply devoted to his God. Thus, I cannot blame him if he is such a dye in the wool; he is not far different from the notorious atheists such as Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins , militantly criticize all the major religions in the world. I may be an avowed atheist as I always put it here bluntly, in accord with their proposition that God does not exist, but I have at last agreed with the famous contemporary British philosopher , Alain de Botto [...]

    3. Normally, I wouldn’t read this kind of book, but given the substantial number of positive comments, and its abbreviated length, I figured what the hell. Admittedly, I skimmed much of it. I doubt very much that parsing each sentence would have made any difference.The preponderance of reviewers around the web appear to believe Lennox destroyed Hawking’s arguments. He did no such thing and to do so would have been impossible since each is starting with a different set of assumptions: Lennox wit [...]

    4. Horrible. If you have a copy, go ahead and burn it and save yourself some trouble. It's a tedious task to read as I've yet to encounter one good argument; instead I've found a slew of insults and worthless writing intended to let a theistic reader fall back into a lazy train of thought. It's a god-awful Appeal to Authority with misused quotes, horrible research, and nothing new. I'm going to finish it off, but it may take some time as it is sickening. It may be a comfortable read for the theist, [...]

    5. Mr. Lennox does a beautiful job of pointing out Stephen Hawking's many self-contradictions in his book The Grand Design. He starts off with the fact that Stephen Hawking's own statement "philosophy is dead" is in fact proving that philosophy is still very much alive and kicking.Mr. Lennox also points out the fact that Stephen Hawking seems to believe that a theory might bring the universe into existence. How is this possible when theories and laws on there own, can not even cause anything, let a [...]

    6. Having listened to a few lectures by Prof Lennox (Oxford Uni, Mathematics), I can hear him speaking as I read this booklet. Perhaps it was actually a series of lectures he gave which are now compiled into this well-documented and easy-to-follow scholarly work in answer to Stephen Hawking's book The Great Design. Prof Lennox shows due deference to the man Prof Hawking and yet at the same time, has capacity and Irish aplomb in denigrating Hawking's postulates and conclusions. I like both.Prof Lenn [...]

    7. John Lennox would be the greatest Grandpa EVER! (He's a professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and many other things. He's also a Christian Apologist who has debated Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and lectured all over the world).In this book he takes on the sacred Cowboy of Atheistic Science: Stephen Hawking.I just watched the somewhat biographical movie: The Theory of Everything. Good show. It's amazing how religion seems to touch just about everything. Almost every s [...]

    8. 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 nicel [...]

    9. Book Review: The Grand Design, by eminent scientist Stephen Hawkings, is the latest blockbusting contribution to the "New Atheist" debate, and claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the universe into being, rather than God. In this swift and forthright reply, John Lennox, Oxford mathematician and author of God's Undertaker, takes a closer look at Hawking's logic.In lively, layman's terms, Lennox guides us through the key points in Hawkings arguments-with clear explanations of the lat [...]

    10. A short and concise book…96 pages…that analyses the thinking of Stephen Hawking in the debate between science and Christianity…in terms of design versus materialistic naturalism. Lennox makes a compelling case for design…having the mathematics credentials as a professor in mathematics at Oxford…and two other PhD’s in philosophy and science…to be able to take apart the theories of Hawking on an equal standing as a scientist. A very readable book accessible to the general public, wh [...]

    11. Wow, prof. Lennox never fails to suprise me. His philosophy is so clear and easy to follow. I am intrigued how one of most intelligent people alive, Stephen Hawking, did not read much on the subject from philosophy. Perhaps it is so because he thinks philosophy is dead. As prof. Lennox writes: "The very first thing I notice is that Hawking's statement about philosophy is itself a philosophical statement. It is manifestly not a statement of science: it is a metaphysical statement about science. T [...]

    12. This book is a book-length critical review of Stephen Hawking’s book The Grand Design. Because Dr. Lennox’s areas of expertise are math and philosophy, not physics, he doesn’t feel qualified to critique Hawking’s physics. Rather, he critiques the underlying philosophy of the book, reducing it to shreds. Some issues he has with Hawking include:1. At the outset, Hawking declares philosophy to be dead, having failed to keep up with modern developments in science. He then proceeds to engage [...]

    13. This is the first book I've read by John Lennox. I picked it up as it offered a response to Hawking's Grand Design. The first thing I did was examine Lennox's credentials and, I must say, I was more than impressed. Lennox is a Professor of Mathematics and a contemporary of Hawking at Oxford University. I was intrigued to examine the arguments of a Christian apologist who also engaged in something as logical as advanced mathematics. Lennox did not disappoint. Hawking may be the "Grandmaster of Ph [...]

    14. I am ill suited to rate this book. Firstly, I read it fairly rapidly and without great attention to detail; Secondly, I am not particularly interested in the scientific detail of the Atheist-Theist debate; And thirdly, I have not read Stephen Hawking's book in order to make any comparison.So why did I read this book at all?! Firstly, because I like John Lennox, and wanted to read one of his books; Secondly, because I am interested in the current Atheist-Theist debate in more general terms; And t [...]

    15. Wonderful! But I want more! Really the only major complaint I have for this book is that it's too short. I suppose Lennox is too busy doing math problems to write a big long book on philosophy and Atheism, one I can sink my teeth into for 300 pages. This was great, but I'm still waiting for more, Lennox!Also, side note--I was all ready to give this book five shining stars, until I stumbled across the end of chapter two, which betrays the fact that Lennox is an Old-Earth Creationist. As a Young-E [...]

    16. Lennox has quickly become one of my favourite voices in the science and theism dialogue. This book was quite the short read but very profound. He does a brilliant job discussing Hawking's book "The Grand Design." I would recommend this book to anyone interested in science and faith.

    17. Faith and Science are not necessarily at odds. Lennox not only obliterates Stephen Hawking's arguments, but he also puts forth a strong counterargument for post-modern thought. It's great.

    18. Never quite sure reading Stephen Hawking if he waivers in his beliefs. Does not believing in God really exist. Does SH actually acknowledge a being who set this all up once he realizes that there is not time enough since his Big Bang for everything like this to be so perfect without some designer being involved?

    19. Intelligent arguments from a brilliant mathematician. This was a fast, fun read that revealed major flaws in Hawkins arguments about a creator. I thought Lennox was honest, thoughtful, and well researched.

    20. ฉบับภาษาไทยอ่านไม่สนุก ผู้แปลใช้ศัพท์เข้าใจยาก เนื้อหาในเล่มมีแต่การเปรียบเทียบกับหนังสือที่ S. Hawking เขียน แล้วยกประโยคมาอุปมา ผู้เขียนเชื่อว่ามีพระเจ้าเป็นผู้สร้าง พูดซ้ำกันอ [...]

    21. Dr Lennox communicated, very brilliantly, that the belief that Atheism is (or should be) the default intellectual position is crap!

    22. 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 heath [...]

    23. I found this 'book' to be poorly organized, aggressive, repetitive, and to put things quite bluntly, egotistical. The entire premise of the book seems to focus on two parts (a) that Stephen Hawking is wrong and (b) that Stephen Hawking definitely said that God does not exist (and is wrong). Considering that the meaning of the phrase used by Hawking is closer to "divine interference is not necessary to create the universe" than "God is not real", many of the arguments in this book are quite simpl [...]

    24. Finished reading John Lennox's book 'God and Stephen Hawking: whose design is it anyway?' Lennox is a professor of Mathematics in Oxford and also a philosopher of science. .From the subtitle of the book it can be supposed what contained it. Yes the book is written to criticize Hawking's book -'The grand design'.Undoubtedly Hawking is one of the genius cosmologist alive. He revealed the whole picture of the universe on a coffee table by his book 'A brief history of time'. But in his latest book ' [...]

    25. Title: GOD AND STEPHEN HAWKINGAuthor: John C. LennoxPublisher: Lion HudsonSeptember 2011ISBN: 978-0-7459-5549-0Genre: Nonfiction/science/GodIn response to Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design, John C. Lennox says, “It is a grandiose claim to have banished God. 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? I think we have a right to know.”Hawking has two sets of questions that he listed in [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. I find it laugh-out-loud humourous that a book of only ninety-six pages can completely and utterly refute all the long-winded and decades-old statements of renowned scientist, physicist and atheist, Stephen Hawking. And yet, John Lennox, an Oxford mathematician and author of "God's Undertaker", guides the reader through Hawking's arguments in a matter-of-factly manner that actually, in the end, has Hawking's own "atheistic" statements come back and well,te him!I do not claim to understand all th [...]

    28. 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 [...]

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