God Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse

‘An astonishingly good read, gripping and thought-provoking’ – William Lane Craig ‘If you wanted to understand Stephen Hawking but couldn’t face the maths, this is the book for you.’ – Dr Althea Wilkinson, Jodrell Bank Stephen ...

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Author: David Hutchings

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 9780281081929

Category: Science

Page: 192

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‘An astonishingly good read, gripping and thought-provoking’ – William Lane Craig ‘If you wanted to understand Stephen Hawking but couldn’t face the maths, this is the book for you.’ – Dr Althea Wilkinson, Jodrell Bank Stephen Hawking kept breaking rules. Given two years to live, he managed another 54. He wrote about quantum cosmology – and sold 20 million books. He could not speak, yet the world recognized his voice. Hutchings and Wilkinson shine light on his extraordinary ideas. The result is a story of black holes, origins, many universes, and Big Questions. ‘Remarkable.’ – Professor Christine Done, Durham University ‘Highly recommended.’ – Dr Luke Barnes, author, The Cosmic Revolutionary’s Handbook ‘A warm and well-balanced portrait of Stephen Hawking and his seminal contributions to our understanding of the universe.’ – Professor Reed A. Guy, Seattle University, USA David Hutchings is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Professor David Wilkinson is Principal of St John’s College, Durham, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

God and Stephen Hawking

We note in passing that Hawking has once again fallen into the trap of offering
false alternatives. This time it is: God or the multiverse. From a theoretical point of
view, as philosophers have pointed out, God could create as many universes as
 ...

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Author: John C Lennox

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 9780745959375

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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The Grand Design, by eminent scientist Stephen Hawking, is the latest blockbusting contribution to the so-called New Atheist debate, and claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God. In this swift and forthright reply, John Lennox, Oxford mathematician and author of God's Undertaker, exposes the flaws in Hawking's logic. In lively, layman's terms, Lennox guides us through the key points in Hawking's arguments - with clear explanations of the latest scientific and philosophical methods and theories - and demonstrates that far from disproving a Creator God, they make his existence seem all the more probable.

God and the Grand Design

In this book, the author explores new and creative ideas that will challenge, and intellectually expand our approach to this essential and highly relevant issue, as well as preparing us to better anticipate the upcoming developments in this ...

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Author: Matias Libedinsky

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1530106222

Category:

Page: 182

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During The last 20 years there has been a revolution in the philosophical and scientific understanding of the Argument for Design. In this book, the author explores new and creative ideas that will challenge, and intellectually expand our approach to this essential and highly relevant issue, as well as preparing us to better anticipate the upcoming developments in this field of study.

Is God Unnecessary

Hawking wrote that the laws of physics make God unnecessary when explaining the origin of the universe and everything in it. In Is God Unnecessary?, author Walter Alan Ray presents nine reasons why Hawking’s thesis is mistaken.

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Author: Walter Alan Ray

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475954630

Category: Science

Page: 76

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When Stephen Hawking, the most famous scientist living in the twenty-first century, published The Grand Design, he provoked a lively response in the media. Hawking wrote that the laws of physics make God unnecessary when explaining the origin of the universe and everything in it. In Is God Unnecessary?, author Walter Alan Ray presents nine reasons why Hawking’s thesis is mistaken. Ray does not use philosophical or theological arguments, but presents the same laws of physics that Hawking says demonstrate his position. Ray examines • Hawking’s “Apparent Miracle”; • Hawking’s assumption that Charles Darwin explained the origin of human life; • the question “Can something come out of nothing?”; • the cosmological constant in Einstein’s equations, the factor that Hawking considers the most impressive coincidence; • Hawking’s solution to the “completely incomprehensible” value of the cosmological constant; and • how physics and mathematics join in showing that in the current state of our knowledge, physics and mathematics do have something to say about the origin of the universe. Ray determines that the laws of physics and mathematics show there are two possible answers to the question “How did we come to live in a universe that is as astoundingly fine-tuned as ours?”. The arguments presented by Ray in Is God Unnecessary? prove neither of these two answers is the solution proposed by Hawking.

Outgrowing God

Anyone seeking to call on the multiverse and the anthropic principle to get rid of
God, then, had better be careful—for they might end up throwing out the scientific
... Hutchings and Wilkinson, God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse, 180. 82.

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Author: Peter S. Williams

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781532693472

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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Join a cast of characters, with different perspectives, thinking through some of the biggest questions in life, as they discuss atheist Richard Dawkins's book Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide. Written in the form of a dialogue between members of a student book club, Outgrowing God? A Beginner's Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate encourages critical thinking about Professor Dawkins's arguments concerning God, Jesus, and the Bible.

Stephen Hawking

God Created the Integers (2005) Hawking presented the work of mathematicians
from Euclid to Alan Turing, whose breakthroughs had ... According to the M-
Theory, there are many parallel universes – and possibly an infinite number.

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Author: Anita Croy

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781398201422

Category:

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The Grand Design

Model dependent realism, the multiverse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory - all are revealed here. This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's greatest thinkers.

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Author: Leonard Mlodinow

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409081524

Category: Science

Page: 256

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When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Is the apparent 'grand design' of our universe evidence for a benevolent creator who set things in motion? Or does science offer another explanation? In The Grand Design, the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe is presented in language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. Model dependent realism, the multiverse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory - all are revealed here. This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's greatest thinkers. A succinct, startling and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will inform - and provoke - like no other.

God and Philosophy

17 Suffice it to say only that in Is There a God ?, he offers the religious
hypothesis18 as explaining everything that a secular natural science has to leave
as an inexplicable brute fact . ... 10 ( 2004 ) : 727-43 , in which he concludes that "
some version of a multiverse is reasonable , given the current world view of ...
Martin Rees is the Astronomer Royal and this book has a foreword by Stephen
Hawking . 7.

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Author: Antony Flew

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015064678728

Category: Religion

Page: 210

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In this classic primer to the philosophy of religion, Antony Flew subjects a wide range of philosophical arguments for the existence of the Christian God to intense critical scrutiny. However, the rumour in some circles is that Flew - long-time advocate of atheistic humanism - has become a theist. Judge for yourself.

New Scientist

It ' s an idea and Uncommon Descent , the blog that Stephen Hawking has been
of the Seattle - based Discovery thinking ... and writes about cosmology WHAT
would you rather believe in , intrigued by his either / or God or the multiverse ?

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Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015072629325

Category: Science

Page:

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A Case for the Existence of God

In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman examines the latest theories about the origins of the universe and explains why even the most sophisticated science can only take us so far.

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Author: Dean L. Overman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780742565531

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Some of the brightest scientific minds of our time, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have made incredible insights into the earliest origins of the universe, but have failed to ultimately discover why there is something rather than nothing—why we exist. In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman examines the latest theories about the origins of the universe and explains why even the most sophisticated science can only take us so far. Ultimately we must make a leap of faith to understand the world, and Overman argues that a leap into theism provides the most satisfying conclusions. Overman explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, A Case for the Existence of God presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and his role in our world.

Decoding the Language of God

20 Oddly , this credulity gap in the multiverse argument is too far for Collins to
leap over , but Bible stories — the virgin birth , the ... He again quotes Stephen
Hawking's metaphysical message as indirectly supportive of his intuitions .

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Author: George C. Cunningham

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000067075508

Category: Religion

Page: 269

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The author presents a point-by-point rebuttal to Francis Collins's work The Language of God, arguing that there is no scientifically acceptable evidence to support belief in a personal God and much that discredits it. Original. 10,000 first printing.

The God Conclusion

And many social groups postulate that there are gods and spirits that can interact
with human minds , or that there is one God who is ... Cosmologists speak of a
multiverse , in which different space - times can all exist , each of them originating
by quantum fluctuations in a ... When Stephen Hawking suggests that the
universe could be finite in imaginary time but without boundaries or singularities ,
what ...

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Author: Keith Ward

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000066106272

Category: Creationism

Page: 153

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Discover why …… Plato was not a world-hating totalitarian… Aquinas’s Five Ways are not so bad after all… Kicking stones cannot refute Bishop Berkeley… Schopenhauer was not quite an atheist… and other refreshing new perspectives on spiritual thinking in western philosophy.This entertaining book posits the theory that philosophy, far from being the enemy of religion, has more often than not supported a non-materialist view of the universe. Keith Ward re-examines the works of western philosophy’s greatest thinkers – from Plato and Aquinas to Kant and Hegel – and suggests that the majority accepted ‘the God conclusion’: that there is a supreme spiritual reality which is the cause or underlying nature of the physical cosmos.

Big Bang Big God

This book argues that only God provides an explanation for the universe to exist at all, and that design by God provides the best and most rational explanation to adopt for the fine-tuning.

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Author: Rodney Holder

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 9780745956268

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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How did the universe begin and how has it evolved? Does a scientific explanation mean that we can do without God? Why are the laws of nature so special ('fine-tuned') as to produce a universe with intelligent creatures like us in it in the first place? Can the existence of a multiverse, a vast or infinite collection of universes, explain the specialness of this universe? This book argues that only God provides an explanation for the universe to exist at all, and that design by God provides the best and most rational explanation to adopt for the fine-tuning.

Science and Religion in Dialogue Background topics for the science and religion dialogue

Or as Stephen Hawking has expressed it, “What is it that breathes fire into the
equations and makes a universe for them to describe?” It is analogous to the
question, who made God? Davies concludes here that the multiverse theory, and
the ...

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Author: Melville Y. Stewart

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105215092110

Category: Religion and science

Page: 1120

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Who Or what is God

He claims that ' the multiverse concept is already part of empirical science'.15
Indeed the range of responsible scientific ... Stephen Hawking's account for lay
readers of current scientific cosmology in The Universe in a Nutshell16 is far less
 ...

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Author: John Hick

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124133377

Category: Religion

Page: 197

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The essays in this book cover a wide range of issues centred on two themes, the search for truth, and the search for justice and peace. The search for truth concerns the ultimate reality to which the world's great religions point, involving discussion of religious experience, religious language, the relations between religions, life and death, and Christian belief. The search for justice and peace is pursued in the quest for a global ethic and in the life and thought of Mahatma Gandhi and again in South Africa during the apartheid era. Who or What is God? begins with the ordinary concept of God found today in most churches and in common discourse - the God whom such writers as Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchins in God is Not Great reject. Hick also rejects this concept, but not the experience of transcendent reality that it so inadequately expresses. This leads to a distinction, drawn in different ways within each of the world faiths, between God or the Ultimate in itself and that reality as humanly known in terms of human concepts and in historically and regionally different forms.

Creation and the Abrahamic Faiths

The postulate of God is that there is a logical space in which all possible states of
affairs exist . This space is ... And the third is what could enable pure mathematics
to actually produce a physical reality – what , as Stephen Hawking put it , could
put the fire in the equations ' . A possible answer to all these questions is offered
by Martin Rees , the Astronomer Royal , in terms of a multiverse . If all possible ...

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Author: Neil Spurway

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131645504

Category: Religion

Page: 147

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Creation! How we are here. Not just us, of course, but bluetits and Hereford cattle and cabbages and E. coli and deserts and mountains and suns and nebulae a in fact, all that is. So not only Why are we here? but Why is there a 'here' for us to inhabit'. That is this book's theme. Inevitably it doesn't answer the question in a mechanistic sense. A telescope cannot look at itself, and neither can an inhabitant of the Universe say how it came to be. But that does not stop those questions haunting us. So where shall we turn? To cosmology? The concept of an initial event, a Big Bang, is now almost universally accepted. But what caused that? Most would feel that this is not a question science can answer. The first two contributors to this book are professional cosmologists, yet cosmology is only a background for this book, not its core theme. That theme is the conviction that the Universe owes its existence to a divine Creator - and the specific formulations of this conviction in the three great monotheistic religions, the Abrahamic faiths. The scriptures of all three faiths include the creation-accounts in the first two chapters of Genesis. Later developments moved the expressions of the three faiths considerably apart, but the social and political conditions of the 21st C world make it imperative that every effort should be put into a recovery of understanding between their practitioners. The purpose of this book is to contribute to that understanding. Of thirteen chapters, two are by Jewish authors and three by Moslems; several of the Christian authors also are deeply versed in the other traditions. Together, the chapters show that the attitudes of the three faiths to Creation have far more in common than otherwise. In particular, they are noticeably and encouragingly coming together in their endorsements of 21st C concerns for the environment. The book derives from a conference of the Science and Religion Forum in Sept 2006, but all chapters have been rewritten for publication, and carefully edited with linking commentaries.

God Evil and Design

The multiverse hypothesis A hypothesis taken seriously by some influential
physicists – the aforementioned Stephen Hawking , for instance , as well as the
famous Russian physicist Andrei Linde – is that there are multiple universes , not
just ...

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Author: David O'Connor

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: UOM:39015077106774

Category: Philosophy

Page: 226

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Although vast and complex, the universe is orderly in many ways, and conditions at its beginning were right for the eventual evolution of life on this planet. But with life there is death, and with sentient life there is great pain and suffering, often with no apparent justification or purpose. Taking these things together, is it reasonable to conclude that the universe was brought about by God? Moreover, does the magnitude of seemingly pointless suffering square with the idea that God exists, or is it good reason to think there is no God? These questions come up for many people, not just religious believers, and are examined in this engaging and thought-provoking book. Starting out with no pre-disposition to theism, atheism, or agnosticism, God, Evil, and Design takes up these questions in order to see where an impartial investigation leads. To achieve impartiality, the reader is invited to simulate ignorance insofar as his or her own religious preference is concerned. With this approach, God, Evil, and Design provides both a fresh look at important and controversial issues in philosophy and an excellent introduction to the contemporary debates surrounding them. Lively and non-technical, this book will be accessible to anyone with an interest in these topics.

There Is a God

These routes included the idea of the multiverse , numerous universes generated
by endless vacuum fluctuation events , and Stephen Hawking ' s notion of a self -
contained universe . UNTIL A BEGINNING COMES ALONG ve As I have ...

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Author: Antony Flew

Publisher: HarperOne

ISBN: UVA:X030338492

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

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In one of the biggest religion news stories of the new millennium, the Associated Press announced that Professor Antony Flew, the world's leading atheist, now believes in God. Flew is a pioneer for modern atheism. His famous paper, Theology and Falsification, was first presented at a meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club chaired by C. S. Lewis and went on to become the most widely reprinted philosophical publication of the last five decades. Flew earned his fame by arguing that one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces. He now believes that such evidence exists, and There Is a God chronicles his journey from staunch atheism to believer. For the first time, this book will present a detailed and fascinating account of Flew's riveting decision to revoke his previous beliefs and argue for the existence of God. Ever since Flew's announcement, there has been great debate among atheists and believers alike about what exactly this "conversion" means. There Is a God will finally put this debate to rest. This is a story of a brilliant mind and reasoned thinker, and where his lifelong intellectual pursuit eventually led him: belief in God as designer.

Why There Almost Certainly is a God

Universe or Multiverse ?, Cambridge University Press , 2007 . 2. Lee Smolin ,
The Life of the Cosmos , New York , Oxford University Press , 1997 . 3. Richard
Dawkins , The God Delusion , p . 144 . 4. Stephen Hawking , A Brief History of
Time ...

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Author: Keith Ward

Publisher:

ISBN: NWU:35556039202619

Category: Apologetics

Page: 159

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Richard Dawkins recently claimed that 'no theologian has ever produced a satisfactory response to his arguments'. The author welcomes all comers into philosophy's world of clear definitions, sharp arguments, and diverse conclusions. But when Dawkins enters this world, his passion tends to get the better of him, and he descends into stereotyping, pastiche, and mockery. In this stimulating and thought-provoking philosophical challenge, the author demonstrates not only how Dawkins' arguments are flawed, but that a perfectly rational case can be made that there, almost certainly, is a God.

The Physics of God and the Quantum Gravity Theory of Everything

ABSTRACT: Analysis is given of the Omega Point cosmology, an extensively peer-reviewed proof (i.e., mathematical theorem) published in leading physics journals by professor of physics and mathematics Frank J. Tipler, which demonstrates that ...

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Author: James Redford

Publisher: James Redford

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 186

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ABSTRACT: Analysis is given of the Omega Point cosmology, an extensively peer-reviewed proof (i.e., mathematical theorem) published in leading physics journals by professor of physics and mathematics Frank J. Tipler, which demonstrates that in order for the known laws of physics to be mutually consistent, the universe must diverge to infinite computational power as it collapses into a final cosmological singularity, termed the Omega Point. The theorem is an intrinsic component of the Feynman–DeWitt–Weinberg quantum gravity/Standard Model Theory of Everything (TOE) describing and unifying all the forces in physics, of which itself is also required by the known physical laws. With infinite computational resources, the dead can be resurrected—never to die again—via perfect computer emulation of the multiverse from its start at the Big Bang. Miracles are also physically allowed via electroweak quantum tunneling controlled by the Omega Point cosmological singularity. The Omega Point is a different aspect of the Big Bang cosmological singularity—the first cause—and the Omega Point has all the haecceities claimed for God in the traditional religions. From this analysis, conclusions are drawn regarding the social, ethical, economic and political implications of the Omega Point cosmology.