Stephen Hawking to me is one of the most inspiring human beings on the planet today, he's our Newton, he's our Einstein, he became one of the smartest scientists alive, while almost being completely paralyzed, he developed theories, he did incredibly complex equations, not in a computer, or in a drawing board, but on his brain. Today, he is about to release the latest and most likely the last book in his life. After years of working, he can finally give us the theory, that hopefully will eventually put the god argument, to rest.
Yet today, after reading the comments on all of the articles, the most ignorant creationists never seize to amaze me, some even attribute his disease to his lack of faith, others think that he has finally lost his mind, like his motor disorder affects his intellect. All because of this small excerpt, taken out of context from his new book.
"Spontaneous creation is the reason why 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 [fuse] and set the universe going,"
Of course we need to read the whole book in order to agree or disagree with Hawking, but that doesn't stop the religious from speaking their minds and acting as if they have done a quarter of the research he did, as if they understand physics at the level Hawking does, as if they've read the whole book. This is what the head of the church of England had to say about the whole deal.
"Belief in God is not about plugging a gap in explaining how one thing relates to another within the Universe. It is the belief that there is an intelligent, living agent on whose activity everything ultimately depends for its existence"Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said:
"Science is about explanation. Religion is about interpretation ... The Bible simply isn't interested in how the Universe came into being."Ibrahim Mogra, an imam and committee chairman at the Muslim Council of Britain, was also quoted by the Times as saying:
"If we look at the Universe and all that has been created, it indicates that somebody has been here to bring it into existence. That somebody is the almighty conqueror."
So i decided to answer these three wise scholars, even if they won't ever look at this blog.
First of all, if there's a living agent who created the universe, then what created him?, Hawking says something can be created out of nothing, so hey, there you go, god came out of nothing, right?, of course not, you would then have to explain, why would that something be a complex being, not only a complex being, but also an all seeing, all powerful entity, how did he get his powers?, why would the most primitive form of existence be also the most powerful, doesn't it work the other way around?, primitive beings evolve.
If an almighty being was created out of nothing so it could create everything else, whats the purpose of him? couldn't everything else have come out from nothing too?, you know, like Hawking's theory suggests?. If someone tries to use M-theory to explain god's creation, just like they say evolution theory is what god used to create life, ask them to please explain all of this.
Science is about explanation, the bible isn't interested in how the universe came into being?. So all that stuff in genesis about god creating the heavens and the earth, and the stars on the sky was all just for laughs?. Is the bible not interested, or the people that wrote it, had no idea about how big the universe was?, did they even understand a concept of what the universe is?. How is a 2000 year old book going to explain something that it isn't even aware that exists?. And finally.
The almighty conqueror?, why are the muslims always thinking about conquering stuff?, if we look at the universe we do not see the indication of any form of creator, whats with all the empty space?, all the exploding stuff, all the dangerous rocks flying at incredible speeds, waiting to collide with a planet and destroy it, exploding stars, gas giants and all the millions and millions of planets that are just full of nothing. Does that look to you like something a creator would do? or does it look like something that was created for no purpose, with no purpose?.
All we need to do, is wait for Hawking's book to come out, read it, understand it, read it again, and then we can have an opinion about his theory, and we'll see just how much this book affects the religious community, and how much do they hate on Hawking. Just keep in mind all the times the church has bashed a scientist for his heretic claims, only to apologize a few hundred years later for their unfounded opinions.