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Stephen Hawking declares: God didn't create the universe
Published on: Sep 6, 2010 - 9:04am

BBC report on Stephen Hawking's new book.

In his new book The Grand Design out this week, Stephen Hawking, the 68-year-old reknowned British theoretical physicist says God did not create the universe, reports Reuters.com. Hawking has seemingly changed his views on the creation of the universe, previously thinking "there might be room for God and physics," according to BBC.

Hawking argued in the book he co-authored with American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, "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." He added, "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

Citing the discovery in 1992 of a planet orbiting a star other than the sun, Hawking said, "(It) makes the coincidences of our planetary conditions--the single Sun, the lucky combination of Earth-Sun distance and solar mass--far less remarkable and far less compelling evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings."

"One of the world's leading scientific authorities," Hawking is "renowned for his work on black holes, cosmology and quantum gravity," according to Reuters.com. He wrote A Brief History of Time, a 1988 book on the origins of the universe. Due to a neuromuscular dystrophy, he is almost completely paralyzed and speaks through a computer-generated voice synthesizer.

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27 Comments
  • Hazel
    See? I didn't even get RIchard's full name right. Richard is a 'Dick' - get it?
    Sep 18 2010 @ 12:32am     Reply  
  • Hazel
    'slurpps rnSeptember 07, 2010 @ 10:32 AM rnTo quote Richard Dawkins, the simplest and only way to stomp any argument against his existence is for God to suddenly appear. Funny that he has not done that yet.'rnrnDo not outsmart God. Who is Richard Hawkings for God to make Himself known to him? We humans answer to God, not the other way around. rn
    Sep 18 2010 @ 12:31am     Reply  
  • jujueyeballs
    @Deinan Espidas:rnrnIn a way, yes. Because you were not moved to think and learn more about it-- unlike the other commenters.
    Sep 08 2010 @ 10:06am     Reply  
  • Deinan Espidas
    Oh no! You mean all those things they taught me for 10 years in Catholic school is all shit?
    Sep 08 2010 @ 09:30am     Reply  
  • sass
    The human mind can answer the hows and whats. But the why is beyond the capacity of the human mind. The why is there when there's no longer a division between the perceiver and the perceived.
    Sep 08 2010 @ 12:58am     Reply  
  • Irene
    Faith is like the wind. You don't have to see it to believe it is there. You just feel it. rn- Mandy Moore, A Walk to Remember
    Sep 08 2010 @ 12:41am     Reply  
  • OMG
    @kakuei Surely! 1) God is unknown. - God is immeasurable, unquantifiable, unidentifiable. God is not a white old man with a long white beard, etc. If you can paint a portrait of God then THAT is not God. 2) Why mention heaven if there is no heaven or hell? - Because ever since I was a kid I have been taught that God is in heaven, that all good people, when they die, will go to heaven to be with God. But I ask, why does God have to be in one place, "heaven", when everything was created by God? Does God need a house? A place to stay in? Is God under house arrest and can't go out? God does not need "heaven" and God will be where God wants to be... 3) which is Everywhere - God is in the most basic of the most basic things in the universe. Which makes God smaller than the smallest thing we know, the atom, but at the same time bigger than the biggest thing we know, the universe. How small or how big? Who knows? 4) How do I know? I don't. I feel it!
    Sep 07 2010 @ 11:27pm     Reply  
  • para sa inyong lahat
    kung tutuusin, hindi naman na dapat patunayan ni God na totoo Siya sa kahit sino. Yes, "hindi" pa Siya nagpapakita sa ating lahat - pero VERY SOON, HE WILL. and when He does....... BOG! KABOG KAYONG LAHAT.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 09:56pm     Reply  
  • Camerlengo
    @ spook,rnrnHey Stupid! hindi mo ba naiintindihan ang IMPLICATIONS ng sinasabi ni HAWKING? he doesn't have to spell it out for you.Ass----!
    Sep 07 2010 @ 09:11pm     Reply  
  • Jun Pyo
    to add fuel to the fire. after all of his talents, how come of all people why does it have to be him having such disease? and why such disease?
    Sep 07 2010 @ 08:11pm     Reply  
  • Achuwete
    He has a reasonable argument. I believe religion and the concept of God are manmade. The evidence is overwhelming. The evidence that a god exists: none yet.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 07:12pm     Reply  
  • Slurpps
    The implication of Hawking's statement that a god did not create the universe is...rnrnThere is no god.rnrn*Note: Hawking is a pantheist (God and Universe are identical) and not a deist (a supreme being created the universe).
    Sep 07 2010 @ 05:25pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    If you believe there is God, it's called Faith. If you believe what Hawking has declared, it's science.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 04:26pm     Reply  
  • Eliza Doolittle
    Yeah, he did not said that. LOL
    Sep 07 2010 @ 03:55pm     Reply  
  • kakuei
    @OMG can you help me out?rnrnIf God is unknown, then that god is not God, since an all-powerful creator or destroyer will surely be perceived by creation through acts of creation or destruction?rnrnIf there is no heaven or hell then why do you need to mention that he is not in heaven?rnrnAnd if that god is in the atom of everything in the universe then that god could be somewhat known, since some of these things are known, which contradicts your first assumption.rnrnGranted God does not have feelings, that he just creates and destroys and has no beginning or ending, again, how do you know since he is unknown?
    Sep 07 2010 @ 03:51pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    Hawking said that God did not create the universe but he did not said that there is no God. Let us be clear on that.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 03:13pm     Reply  
  • spook
    Camerlengo, you're st*p*d! Hawking didn't mention any of them, He is just basically pointing out that God didn't create the universe, simple as that. You are blowing the issue out of proportion.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 12:15pm     Reply  
  • Camerlengo
    Hey Brothers MIKE,ELY, EDDIE,SISTER TECHIE,et al... Why so Silent? The Sanctimonoius Bishops? bakit tahimik kayong lahat ? walang rejoinder na si HAWKING eh Satanas sa Lupa at nililinlang ang mga tao? Direct threat ito sa existence ninyo.Defend yourselves!
    Sep 07 2010 @ 11:19am     Reply  
  • slurpps
    To quote Richard Dawkins, the simplest and only way to stomp any argument against his existence is for God to suddenly appear. Funny that he has not done that yet.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 10:32am     Reply  
  • jujueyeballs
    Konting zoom out pa, Professor Hawking.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 10:10am     Reply  
  • OMG
    There is a God, but God is UNKNOWN. God is not a He, a She, or an It. He is not in heaven, there is no heaven, there is no hell. God is in every atom of everything in the universe. God creates things and God destroys things. God doesn't care about poor people, God doesn't care about rich people. God has no feelings. God just creates, then destroys, then creates again, and then destroys again...God has no beginning and God has no ending.
    Sep 07 2010 @ 01:43am     Reply  
  • Camerlengo
    Threat ito sa Vatican at sa iba pang organized religions. Siguradong SMEAR CAMPAIGN ang aabutin ni Hawking!
    Sep 06 2010 @ 10:16pm     Reply  
  • kapengmabula
    @Freddie Bismillah! No! We will not let you go! (Let me go!) Bismillah! No! We will not let you go! (Let me go!) Bismillah! No! We will not let you go! (Let me go!)
    Sep 06 2010 @ 07:41pm     Reply  
  • Common
    Iluminati!
    Sep 06 2010 @ 06:33pm     Reply  
  • scorched
    last week pa itong balitang to :D
    Sep 06 2010 @ 05:35pm     Reply  
  • Jose Fernandez
    All that has been created & shall be created has reasons in itself, that is the beauty and rationality of God's creation. He is giving us options and skills to decipher everything around us.rnSpontaneous creation falls on the balance of nature, shall be created to compliment one's existence.
    Sep 06 2010 @ 04:53pm     Reply  
  • Freddie
    Blasphemy! Galileo Galileo Galileo let me go!
    Sep 06 2010 @ 11:24am     Reply  
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