Posted by: L. E. Barnes | September 3, 2010

No Need for God, Says Hawking

In a soon-to-be-released book, British physicist Stephen Hawking claims that gravity, rather than God, explains the existence of the universe. CNN reports:

God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.

Hawking says in his book “The Grand Design” that, given the existence of gravity, “the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” according to an excerpt published Thursday in The Times of London.

“Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” he writes in the excerpt.

“It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going,” he writes.

His book — as the title suggests — is an attempt to answer “the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything,” he writes, quoting Douglas Adams’ cult science fiction romp, “The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”….

It was the discovery of other solar systems outside our own, in 1992, that undercut a key idea of Newton’s — that our world was so uniquely designed to be comfortable for human life that some divine creator must have been responsible.

Of course, others dispute Hawking’s conclusions:

“The ‘god’ that Stephen Hawking is trying to debunk is not the creator God of the Abrahamic faiths who really is the ultimate explanation for why there is something rather than nothing,” said Denis Alexander.

“Hawking’s god is a god-of-the-gaps used to plug present gaps in our scientific knowledge.

“Science provides us with a wonderful narrative as to how [existence] may happen, but theology addresses the meaning of the narrative,” said Alexander, director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

Read the complete article here.

Doubtless other scientists, philosophers, and scholars from various fields will weigh in on the debate. Should get interesting!

In my opinion, such a claim from a prominent scientist should come as no surprise. After all, this kind of thing is nothing new. Hawking is hardly the first to argue that we can explain the existence of the universe without a Supreme Being.

In the meanwhile, I will let the scientists duke it out as I continue to serve my Savior. 🙂

Comments, anyone?

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  1. No Need for God, Says Hawking…

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  2. I guess that Stephen Hawking is in for a surprise, isn’t he? What a waste of good brain cells!

    • I’m afraid he is. Apparently he’s a gifted physicist, but not a philosopher or theologian–which seems to be the case with a lot of these well-known atheists.

  3. […] No Need for God, Says Hawking […]

  4. Just peel the “God” label off and stick “spontaneous creation” on. That was easy!

    • Amazing, isn’t it? 😉

  5. As throughout history, the “great scientific minds” are confounded by the reality of God’s presence, He who is the comfort and certainty of the simple. It is nothing more than same old, same old.

    “In the meanwhile, I will let the scientists duke it out as I continue to serve my Savior.”

    Precisely. Excellent.

    • Thanks. And no, we shouldn’t be surprised by announcements such as Hawking’s. They’ll keep going on for years, no doubt.

  6. In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (fx raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.


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