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Ok. So it wasn’t too long ago that Stephen Hawking published a book in which he claimed that he didn’t think it wasn’t necessary for creation to involve a Creator. This was notable at the time because Hawking had always sat firmly on the fence on this issue despite being an atheist, so received a bit of airtime.
Of course, Christians hearing this news didn’t have a massive issue with him saying that, because he’s entitled to his opinion and anyway, at least he’s not horribly rude and aggressive towards Christians in the same way that Richard Dawkins is.
But now our mate Stephen has actively leapt into Dawkins’ camp. He’s entirely written off any belief in God as lunacy by describing heaven as a ‘fairy story’. You can read a full story behind it over here.
Now, I’m never going to claim to understand science to the extent that Stephen Hawking does. That said, he clearly has lost all scientific thought. Just look at what he says here:
Hawking responded to questions posed by the Guardian and a reader in advance of a lecture tomorrow at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London, in which he will address the question: “Why are we here?”
In the talk, he will argue that tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged. “Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in,” he said.
He’s giving a lecture entitled ‘Why are we here?’. His answer to that question is just way off though – instead of answering the question he’s obviously made up his own question (‘How are we here?’) and has answered that instead. English class fail.
Then he goes on with this little phrase ‘science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing.’ Sorry, what?! How does ‘science’ predict that?! Hawking has replaced God with Science: ‘Science made me do it.’
Science doesn’t predict anything. Science is the study by which you can seek to understand what has happened, and continue to update your understanding based on what continues to happen. When there’s a single recorded observation of multiple universes being spontaneously created out of nothing, you go ahead and let me know. I’ll not hold my breath.
In the meantime, enjoy N. T. Wright‘s response to Hawking in the Washington Post. My favourite lines:
It’s depressing to see Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant minds in his field, trying to speak as an expert on things he sadly seems to know rather less about than many averagely intelligent Christians.
Until he has [considered the evidence for Jesus' resurrection], his opinion about all this is worth about the same as mine on nuclear physics, i.e. not much.