Wednesday, June 15, 2011

God and Stephen Hawking

Author: John C. Lennox
Publisher: Lion Hudson
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7459-5549-0
Genre: Nonfiction/science/God

In 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 the first chapter of his book that Lennox will answer in this book, in several different chapters:

> God or the laws of nature?
> God or the multiverse?
> Whose design is it anyway?
> Science and rationality?

Hawking claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the universe into being, rather than God. Lennox, an Oxford and mathematician as well as author of God’s Undertaker, takes a closer look at Hawking’s logic.

In layman’s terms, Lennox guides us through the key points of Hawking’s arguments and demonstrates that far from disproving a Creator God, they make his existence seem all the more probable.

Personally, I share the view of Allan Sandage, who is widely regarded as the father of modern astronomy. Sandage says, “I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the evidence for the miracle of existence—why there is something rather than nothing.” And I respond, “In the beginning, God created…”

Having never questioned the biblical creation account, I find it curious that so many try to disprove God. Why is the first book in the Bible under such attack? Okay, I know why. And I’m glad that there are men out there like Lennox who are willing to take the time to explain why Hawking’s is wrong so those who do question Genesis 1:1 will have the answers. $5.95. 96 pages.

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