Hawking claims “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.”
Personally, I would like to ask how something can come from nothing. If we are speaking of "nothing," in the correct philosophical sense, then how could the law of gravity be included in the so-called "spontaneous creation" of the universe. That would be something rather than nothing.
Regardless, the media is celebrating Hawking's forthcoming release; however, as mathematician John Lennox points out in this article, Hawking's claims are nothing new.
Some other thoughts in regard to Hawking's comments and latest book can be found here:
- Dr. William Craig's Questions for Stephen Hawking Current Events Audio Blog (13:56)
- Hawking's Book Fails to Disprove God- The Science and Values Blog
- Why God Is Still Necessary by Stan Guthrie (Thanks to Chad V., a Truthbomb team member, for this link!)
Courage and Godspeed,