Note: This review is by my husband, this stuff is more up his alley so I thought he’d be the best to review it. 🙂
God and Stephen Hawking
John C Lennox
John Lennox sets out to examine the arguments of Steven Hawking, in his book “The Grand Design”, and present his own arguments in non-technical terms. For the most part Lennox is successful, though it is impossible to make all of the arguments in strictly “layman’s” terms when you are discussing string theory, quantum physics and deep philosophical ideas. Nevertheless, anyone with a basic understanding of physics and the laws of nature should be able to follow and understand the logic presented.
Lennox begins by immediately questioning the validity of Hawking’s main conclusion by pointing out contradictions within the statement of the conclusion itself. He continues throughout to peel back the fanciful scientific sounding arguments to reveal that many of them are in fact not scientific, but products of Hawking’s own personal beliefs. He also attempts throughout to provide simple everyday examples to show why some of Hawking’s conclusions are unproven or even improvable themselves (one of the problems Hawking’s has with believing in an intelligent creator.)
One thing Lennox avoids is criticism of Hawking’s intellect; in fact he repeatedly acknowledges the great mind that Hawking is. But he clearly makes the case for why Hawking’s conclusions are not scientific or definitive, while the evidence for an intelligent designer is supported by science, history, philosophy, archaeology and human experience. Lennox is unashamed to admit his own personal belief in Jesus Christ, but he admits that Judaism and Islam also share the basic belief in an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient creator.
Whether you believe in a creator or not, one must admit that Lennox’ arguments cast doubt on the conclusions reached by Hawking. Not only can we question the conclusions, but the reasoning behind them are shown to be yet improvable, casting into question the idea that they are conclusions at all. And thus this book is recommendable if than for no reason other than it reminds us that we must always question the theories and conclusions of scientists (no matter their caliber and prestige) until they can be proven, and repeatedly so.