In a recent interview with a Spanish newspaper, British physicist Stephen Hawking claimed that ‘there is no God,’ remarking that he believes that ‘science offers a more convincing explanation’ for why the world exists than biblical Creation.
Hawking, who suffers from a motor neuron disease similar to ALS but has far outlived the normal life expectancy, told El Mundo journalist Pablo Jauregui in an interview published on Sunday that he doesn’t believe in God or miracles.
“[A]lthough many have come to describe it as ‘a miracle’ that Hawking is still alive, half a century after being diagnosed with a disease whose life expectancy is usually a couple of years, the astrophysics rejects all religious beliefs,” Jauregui explained.
The El Mundo reporter asked Hawking about his beliefs since in his book “History of Time” Hawking asserted that if the “theory of everything” were unlocked, man would know “the mind of God.” But Hawking had also noted in the later publication “The Grand Design” that he believed the universe came come “out of nothing, out of nowhere,” and that God is “not necessary” to explain the origin of life.
As Jauregui found the two statements to be contradictory, he sought to know whether Hawking had changed his mind between publications and converted to atheism or agnosticism.
“In the past, before we understood the science was logical to believe that God created the universe, but now science offers a more convincing explanation,” Hawking replied. “What I meant when I said I would know ‘the mind of God’ was that we would understand all that God would be able to understand if any exist.”
“But there is no God. I am an atheist,” he continued. “Religion believes in miracles, but they are not supported by science.”
In past statements to the media, while not necessarily declaring his atheism, Hawking has likewise expressed his rejection of the supernatural.
“I’m not religious in the normal sense,” he told the BBC in 2007. “I believe the Universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.”
But some state that Hawking, an internationally-renowned scientist, author and inspiration for a number of well-known films, is leading his followers in a dangerous direction. Dan Greenup, author of Generation Why? and other thought-provoking writings, told Christian News Network that while he respects Hawking’s intelligence, he believes that many youth may be misled by his assertions.
“Dr. Hawking is a really smart guy. As a result, people assume everything he says is true,” he said. “After all, if a genius like Stephen Hawking believes it’s true, it must be true! In fact, it’s very common for teachers to use interviews and quotes from intelligent scientists like Dr. Hawking as evidence for the alleged truth of evolution. Yet, this amounts to nothing more than an argument from authority.”
“Unfortunately, conflating the achievements of scientists with their opinions about historical events, such as the beginning of the universe, has been a very effective brainwashing technique in classrooms,” Greenup continued.
He said that he found Hawking’s opinion that “science offers a more convincing explanation” for the existence of the world than Creation to be “unusual.”
“Naturally, historical science involves a lot of assumptions,” Greenup noted. “The so-called Big Bang is a good example. No one saw it happen and it can’t be recreated in a lab. It requires quite the leap of faith to believe it took place. After all, how did nothing create matter? This violates the First Law of Thermodynamics, which states matter and energy can’t be created or destroyed.”
“It seems to me that Dr. Hawking would rather place his faith in the Big Bang than in Christ because the former requires no acknowledgement of his sin problem,” he said.