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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books; 1st edition (21 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745955495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745955490
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College.

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A brilliant response to Stephen Hawking's THE GRAND DESIGN. Make sure you hear both sides of the argument! --Alister McGrath

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John Lennox is Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford, and author of the best-selling God's Undertaker. He lectures on Faith and Science at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He has lectured in many universities around the world, including Austria and the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in the interface of Science, Philosophy and Theology.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Butchersboy on 1 July 2013
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Lennox is always a sensible read. He manages to sensibly criticize Hawking without malice or pomposity. If you are unsure about a Christians view of science this is the book for you.
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This is an amazing little book. I read it on Kindle. His reasoning is easy to follow, and very convincing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane on 10 Aug. 2013
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Lennox shows that Hawking has descended into the same philosophical incoherence as Dawkins and the other New Atheists. Essentially, he shows that if you can believe that something can come from nothing without the intervention of an act of creation you have lost the plot.
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A little late delivery but worth the wait, every minute.
I highly recommend this book to any person from any background of any religion/belief system and that includes atheism.
If you think atheism is not a belief system then i thought that you actually believe it
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. V. Meyerstein on 28 Jan. 2012
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The book is well written and easy to follow. But when you read about the so-called flaws in Hawking's logic, you have to ask yourself either "how can Hawking have been so stupid as to not have spotted these obvious flaws", or else "how can Lennox have misunderstood Hawking so badly?"

Having read Grand Design and a number of other similar works by scientists such as Hawking, Brian Greene and Michio Kaku, my conclusion is that Lennox is using the time-honoured technique of "reductio ad absurdum", i.e. he intentionally mis-represents what is in Grand Design, in order to easily demolish it. The points which Grand Design makes are either mis-described, taken out of context or else different semantic meanings are ascribed to the actual words that Hawking used.

Lennox constantly refers to the eminent scientists Kepler, Newton and Maxwell, all of whom believed in God. Of course they did but they did not have access to the knowledge that we have. They did not know that the Universe is expanding (i.e. they did not know about the Big Bang), nor were Relativity, atomic theory or Quantum theory around in their day. They did not know about Darwinian Evolution (ok - Darwin published his seminal work about 2 years before Maxwell published his).

In summary - worth a read but keep your wits about you. It smacks of desperation, IMO
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Another excellent riposte to the anti-theists by the wonderful John Lennox who in his own unique and incisive style debunks and demonstrates that "nonsense is still nonsense even when spoken by eminent scientists" like Hawking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William D Collier on 22 April 2013
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Lennox is a clear writer with an incisive approach. Just occasionally in this book he seems to ride a hobby-horse rather than deal precisely with the issue
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38 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Shepherd on 3 Mar. 2011
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John Lennox's little book says very little that his previous book `God's undertaker' does not. At just 85 pages of written word, this is indeed a small book.

The contents of each chapter can be summarised as follows:

Chapter 1 : Considers Hawking's argument that `Philosophy is dead'. Anyone familiar with the rudimentary argument against this claim knows that Hawking is in fact making a circular claim, i.e. that philosophy kills philosophy. This is because the claim is itself made FROM philosophy. The second half of this chapter looks at Hawking's idea of God. Like Dawkins he limits God to a mere `God of the Gap's' hypothesis and thereby fails to consider any other derivative concept of him. Lennox is quick to expose this and offer an alternative explanation - i.e. God as the uncaused cause.

Chapter 2 : Considers Hawking's claim that because of gravity the universe will create itself out of nothing. Lennox again raises the rudimentary rebuttal to this argument by asking, who then created the laws of gravity. The second half of the chapter then asks the ultimate question, i.e. are the "laws" of nature actually "something". The answer is, no they are not. They are deductive principles put together by rational beings. However, these laws have of themselves no separate or objective existence. Therefore the conclusion is that Hawking's argument is simply illogical.

Chapter 3 : Considers Hawking's replacement for God, i.e. M theory. Lennox draws attention to the fact that the theory itself is not universally accepted, and in reality has NO scientific evidence. The theory is merely a rational exercise which seems plausible on paper - beyond that it has nothing. Lennox next turns to Hawking's arguments about the rational perception of nature.
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