Is God Really Dead?
Stephen Hawking’s logic faces a mathematician’s scrutiny in God and Stephen Hawking
|SEATTLE – 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 ofGod’s Undertaker, exposes the flaws in Hawking’s logic in his latest book, God and Stephen Hawking (Kregel Publishers, September 2011,ISBN: 9780745955490, $5.99).
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, 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. Lennox’s book is a great resource for Christians, churches and those in ministry who seek to educate themselves and open authentic dialog with those who question.
Praise for God and Stephen Hawking:
“A brilliant response to Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design. Make sure you hear both sides of the argument.”
-Alister McGrath, author of The Dawkins Delusion
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. For more about John C. Lennox, please visit http://johnlennox.org
John C. Lennox is available for national interviews June – September 2011 to promote the U.S. release of God and Stephen Hawking.
So read the email I received from the publicist for this book, “God and Stephen Hawking” by John Lennox. My initial reaction was to dismiss this book out of hand. My thinking was it was sure to be too technical for me, over my head and I wouldn’t understand it. But the more I thought about it the more I thought I had to read the book. So I said I would love to review the book and the publisher sent it to me.
When it arrived I was again in the, “There is no way I can read this book and understand it” mindset. But that night as I was cooking supper I picked it up planning to read just the introduction, just the first chapter, and I was hooked.
I finished it today and while it was a bit intellectual and at times I did have to stop and think through what I had read, it was not over my head. The book really is very simple. It is written by a mathematician so my concerns are understandable. But the book really didn’t tell me anything I don’t already know.
I know there are fallacies to the evolutionists theories. I know people, scientist and evolutionists can and often do talk in circles and in trying to disprove the existence of God, they end up proving that He does exist.
So while the first bit of the book hooked me, I could have easily lost interest in finishing it because it only said what so many others are saying and have been saying and what I know to be true. I give the book 4 turning pages.