Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Stephen Hawking the Atheist

In a recent interview, famous scientist Stephen Hawking has openly admitted to being an atheist.  I'm not sure why this is such a surprise, especially to those who read Hawking's latest book The Grand Design.

In the book, Hawking wrote:

"...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 I have mentioned beforeI 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.

Moreover, I wonder why atheists, who are so quick to note that Hawking claims the universe created itself out of nothing, never mention that in his book he also claims, when contrasting young earth creationism with the big bang theory, that "neither model can be said to be more real than the other." [p. 51]  

Regardless, I thought this was a good time to feature John Lennox's lecture entitled "A Matter of Gravity: God, the Universe and Stephen Hawking."


Courage and Godspeed,

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