Lennox’s book, God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway?, is a direct response to the latest book by scientist Stephen Hawking, called The Grand Design. Lennox uses his own knowledge of science and mathematics, as well as the knowledge of other highly regarded scientists, to refute the ideas presented in The Grand Design, of which the main purpose is to “disprove” the existence of God by proving the universe through science. Lennox quotes many scientists (some Christian, some atheist) who believe that Hawking’s theories are faulty, at best. Some of these are men who have even worked alongside Hawking.
Lennox first points out that “not all statements by scientists are statements of science, and so do not carry the authority of authentic science….” He even admits that this statement would then apply to him as well, and he asks us to scrutinize his arguments very carefully. Lennox goes on to cite the gross number of inconsistencies and contradictions in Hawking’s book. The first being that Hawking makes the statement that philosophy is dead very early on his book, but then uses philosophy many times during his explanations (or lack thereof, as the case may be). Lennox also points out that, for all his trying to disprove the existence of God, Hawking actually makes a few points that lead toward the idea of a supernatural creator of the universe.
Many atheist scientists would have us believe that it’s science versus God… one or the other. That each time they prove something with science, the idea of God disappears from our world that much more. This could not be more false, and Lennox shows this by quoting several highly regarded and award-winning scientists who are in fact Christians. Their knowledge of science does not reduce their faith in God, but enhances it as they study his handiwork.
Lennox has done an excellent job pointing out the fallacies of Hawking’s theories, more specifically the idea that Hawking has “disproved” God.
For purposes of scoring this book, I have obviously had to remove scoring on accuracy. I am not a physicist or a mathematician.
1) Is it understandable? = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 4.5
3) Accuracy = removed from average
4) Quality of Writing = 4.5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average of score 4.75
Overall grade = A-
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from LitFuse Group.
This was book 22 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.