So if Stephen wasn't there, how can he be so certain that God did not create the universe? Hawking says:
"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," writes Hawking.First problem with his statement: "Because there is." The fact that there is anything - including physical law - demands an explanation. What was the origin of the gravity which Hawking credits as the cause behind "spontaneous creation"?
"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,"
If I were to insist that my car had been spontaneously created, I would rightfully be laughed at. Yet someone can declare the complexity of everything there is was just spontaneously created - just came into existence without cause nor creator - and we take him seriously? Nonsense is nonsense no matter how brilliant the speaker.
Moreover, Hawking says later in the interview:
"There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works."Science is based upon observation and reason? Observe the beauty and complexity of the cosmos, the atom, or the human body - what does reason tell you of their origins? As I walk through the woods if I observe a tumbledown stone wall, which is more reasonable to say: the wall had both cause and creator or the wall had been spontaneously created?
Further, I continue to take exception to the clichéd sentiment Hawking regurgitates about religion and science being in some sort of battle. In my recent post, Marriage - just a piece of paper? I discussed this very issue:
Notice that while I chose the words "mystical" and "transcendent," I am still talking about reality. Science reveals truth (reality), but there is truth beyond what science can reveal. Transcendent truths are just as real. And I believe one of those transcendent truths is that in marriage, the two really become one.I explore this same theme in both my posts: More than meets the eye and Common Foundation of Faith. The bottom line is that science and religion are no more at war than are numbers and letters.
So if you want to know the origins of the universe, don't ask Stephen Hawking but rather someone who was there: "In the beginning God..." (Genesis 1:1).