Hawking Takes Heat

Stephen Hawking may be known in popular culture for his appearances on TV shows from The Simpsons to Star Trek, but he is also one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Dr Hawking struck a nerve across the globe with the release of his latest book, The Grand Design. What he wrote is causing an international outcry on both sides of the religious aisle.

Stephen Hawking

Hawking basically said in his new book -- and something he has been hinting at for years -- that he believes God had nothing to do with the creation of the universe. Like a character out of The Big Bang Theory, Hawking laid out his principles of physics that explain how the universe and thus us, came to be. It caused, you guessed it, a bit of a bang.

Hawking taking on God is nothing new to those who have followed the brilliant physicist's career. Sure, the great Dr Hawking is not literally taking on God, merely he is suggesting that from the most enormous to the littlest of the little, everything in the universe can be explained by science.

The renowned British physicist Hawking wrote The Grand Design with American physicist Leonard Mlodinow and in it they state, "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

As the fever of the discussion heats up, one thing may be needed to cool the debate and bring what we all need upon occasion, a good laugh. Imagine the Simpson's character, Dr Stephen Hawking, popping wheelies and saying through a robotic voice creator, "There is no God is not what I'm saying. God just didn't have anything to do with why we are here."

That is exactly where this story will find itself in a couple of years, on The Simpsons.

Now, discuss.

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Comments on "Stephen Hawking causes stir with new book: God did not create universe"

Leo September 27, 2010 | 1:05 PM

Why does everybody overlook the obvious flaw in the contention that "because the law of gravity exists..." etc. Where did the gravity come from? What if God exists (or existed) and thought "I know, I'll create gravity and then sit back and watch what happens..." And then, after a few billion years got bored and went for a walk.

David September 15, 2010 | 9:17 AM

Enough already. I'm a scientist, and from a purely scientific point of view, Hawkings has gone loopy. "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing." Firstly, science does NOT accept "laws". All it accepts are tested hypotheses, or constructs of these known as theories. No "Laws". Secondly, what they said is just plain ridiculous. Gravity causes the universe to create itself? To the atheists who commented - you don't appear to have any good understanding of Christian, Jewish or Muslim theology (the 3 I'm most familiar with). Faith is not incompatible with rationality, logic, argument. What's more, the idea that rationality and logic are the be all and end all is... a belief.

Sabbir Hassan September 06, 2010 | 11:46 PM

Ofcourse, God had to do nothing.... As in Qura'n God Says, "To HIM is due the primal Origin. And When He decreas any matter, he says to it "Be!" and it is..... So, for the believers, it is another proof of God's Existence....

John September 03, 2010 | 12:05 PM

Science is about establishing theories based on physical evidence, no ideology, just whatever evidence and reason show to be true. Religion is a group of people saying "this is how it is, don't question, just follow". Not only is religion fundamentally incompatible with science, the vast majority of religions are fundamentally incompatible with each other too! Even if you believe in religion, what's to say maybe Buddhism (which has no proper God) is the correct one?

Mohammad Samir Hossain September 03, 2010 | 10:06 AM

Well I am a religious man and I agree with Dr Hawking's recent finding (not Dr Haking's personal thought) as there is no reason to think that God can be traced. Who, among the believers, can tell me that he or she has found a visible (with the help of science or eyes) clue that shows God did this or that?! It is the rule of this Nature that it does not show how God did what, rather Nature prefers to remain all clues to God as absolutely invisible for us. Religion describes the same for this life on earth. So none can blame religion too. If science can make us see, that is also visible in one way. So why Dr Hawking shall find such clue as long as Nature maintains the barrier on all of our perceptions in a mysterious way!

Kent September 03, 2010 | 9:49 AM

It is a shame to witness the decline of Steven Hawking as one of the brilliant minds of our time. A brilliant mathemitician and theoretical phyicist, he now speaks of no need of God while science is continually bumping into God as it progresses. Recently Steven spoke of "the necessity of escaping earth to avoid extinction." This is sad to see but it will sell books and maybe that is the mathemitician showing through.

Calliope September 03, 2010 | 7:51 AM

With the exception of Knoxville, it seems none of you understand what Hawking or that "cluelessly unsuspecting myriad of scientists, academicians and authors" is saying. Have you read Dawkins' God Delusion? Anything by Dawkins? Anything by Hawking? Anything but articles on a website that puts an article like this under "entertainment?" Science today cannot be compatible with personal gods; if you study the size of the universe, the idea of a personal god is utterly ridiculous. But why am I typing this? You're already set in your beliefs, and the idea that you might take the trouble to think about them seriously is probably my own grand delusion.

Knoxville Skeptic September 03, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Stephen Hawkings Vs Bronze Age Creation Myths... my money is on Dr. Hawkings.

Chaos September 03, 2010 | 6:55 AM

On subject though, I am not one to follow any sort of deity, but I find that science explains God more than disproves him. It's not that there is no God, it's more like how God did his thing.

Rex Andrews September 03, 2010 | 2:30 AM

Stephen Hawkings is a great physicist, but he is clearly not a linguist or semanticist. The question to ask is not whether someone called God created the universe, but what is appropriate to be given the name 'God'. Hawking's didn't create himself, and his scientific achievements are made possible by a Power beyond himself. My forthcoming book God the X Factor shows how a little insight into how language works makes intelligent science and religion perfectly compatible.

William D Simpson September 03, 2010 | 12:21 AM

So much knowledge, yet so little common sense. Stephen Hawkings new book “The Grand Design” is another feeble attempt by an ever-increasing and cluelessly unsuspecting myriad of scientists, academicians and authors to try to disprove the reality of GOD. Enough already… They really have nothing new to say.

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