When I first heard that Stephen Hawking had written a new book denying the existence of God, I didn’t think much about it. I mean it would be like saying the sky is blue. You see Stephen Hawking has never been a friend to the Christian faith. Yes, in the past he has stated that there could be something behind all of the universe, but he denied the idea of a personal God. In fact he opposed the idea (and a non-personal God is not the God of the Bible). However, when I saw he was the leading Google news story and begin getting questions from people about the story I felt I needed to respond. These are my thoughts.
1. Stephen Hawking is a scientist. For many this means that he has added “weight” to his statements. I mean a scientist is intelligent (not denying this, scientist are intelligent). The problem is the discipline of science cannot answer the question of origins. I repeat CANNOT. You see science as a discipline studies the observable and repeatable. Since the beginning of our Universe is neither observable and has not been repeated, a scientist has no greater authority on the subject than anyone else. You see the study of origins is a philosophical field, not a scientific one. So when a Scientist makes a statement about how we got here, we should not get worked up simply because he is a scientist. Look at his argument, evaluate it like you would any other.
2. Hawking states that the laws of physics are such that the world came into existence without a Creator. One huge problem! Where did these laws of physics come from? In fact does not their existence show design. And if we have laws that are designed who designed them? You see Hawking does not deal with these questions. You still have to answer who is the grand designer of these laws.
3. The argument is just the warmed up version that has been used for years, “something comes from nothing.” Hawking admitted as much in the interview. Somehow when you have the right laws, matter can be created. You see when we boil the argument of this brilliant man down (and I am not using brilliant in a sarcastic way), you still have to believe that something can come from nothing. That is irrational and unacceptable.
Yes, Stephen Hawking is a brilliant man. Yes, he has written a new book. Yes, people will talk about it. No, it really isn’t a big deal. Hawking is still wrong