Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Responses to Stephen Hawking and The Grand Design

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlondinow’s recent book The Grand Design caused a lot of buzz in the media and blogosphere prior to its release. For this reader, the new best-seller was a letdown. It was short, anticlimactic, and seemed lacking much new information or actual argument. However, the responses to Hawking and Mlodinow have been interesting to follow and helpful to read, as they elucidate some of the key issues and implications of Hawking’s ides.

Audio Responses
• William Lane Craig’s Questions for Stephen Hawking (MP3)
• William Lane Craig responds to Hawking’s book (MP3)
• William Lane Craig discusses Stephen Hawking’s book on Stand to Reason (MP3)
• Alister McGrath & Roger Penrose respond on Unbelievable? (MP3)
• Philosopher Jay Richards responds (MP3)
Written Responses
• Alister McGrath on Stephen Hawking, God and the role of science (article)
• Professor John Lennox responds to Hawking (article)
• Frank Tipler Responds (article)
• JP Moreland on How Scientism Makes Scientists Laughable (blog post)
• Physicist Frank Tipler weighs in on Stephen Hawking’s theory (blog post)
• Philosopher Peter S. Williams on Hawking, God and Philosophy (blog post)
• The Grand Design (Book Review) – Thinking Christian (blog post)
• Albert Mohler on Stephen Hawking (article)
• William Lane Craig Q&A here.
• David Robertson responds (article)
• More responses can be found here.
Video Responses
• Professor John Lennox responds to Stephen Hawking (video)
• David Robertson responds (video)
Have you found other responses you would like to add to the list? Leave a comment below for consideration.


  1. Ex N1hilo September 29, 2010


    Thank you for bringing together links to so many responses to Hawking and Mlondinow's book. Their metaphysical speculations on the origin of the universe are undoubtedly receiving more attention than they deserve, but they do need to be answered. Only wish there was more time in the day to look at all this material.

    Isn't it striking how those who deny that they have a Creator use language that implies meaning, purpose, and intentionality? "Design." "Laws of nature." "Body plans."

    It's enough to make one think that they actually are aware of the existence of the Creator, contrary to their pretense of agnosticism.

    Matthew 12:37 (ESV) For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

    Romans 1:18-19 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

  2. Luke Nix September 29, 2010

    Thanks for this list. Allow me to add one more response. Astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross and astrophysicist Dr. Jeff Zweerink from Reasons to Believe respond on Science New Flash:

    Stephen Hawking Says God Did Not Create the Universe: What Do You Think?

  3. david September 29, 2010

    Dr. Vallicella has written a warm-up article related to this book, and he may write more in the future:

  4. Craig September 29, 2010

    First seen at First Things:

    Stephen Barr writes:

    Anyone interested in the latest pronouncements of Stephen Hawking on God should heed the observations of Martin Rees (now Lord Rees), one of the world’s leading astrophysicists, the Astronomer Royal, and the outgoing head of the Royal Society (one of the world’s oldest scientific societies). It includes this severe but accurate judgment:

    Stephen Hawking is a remarkable person whom I’ve known for 40 years and for that reason any oracular statement he makes gets exaggerated publicity. I know Stephen Hawking well enough to know that he has read very little philosophy and even less theology, so I don’t think we should attach any weight to his views on this topic.

  5. Craig September 29, 2010

    Here's another one by a non-religious person:

    Cosmic Clowning: Stephen Hawking's "new" theory of everything is the same old CRAP

    By John Horgan

  6. Russell September 30, 2010

    Thanks Brian! I've been searching for these. I'm looking forward to hearing from John Polkinghorne on Unbelieveable.

  7. mennoknight October 1, 2010

    Thanks for all your work on this Brian. You make it a lot easier for us busy pastors to track down some solid material to help deal with these thorny issues.

    God bless in all your work.