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Stephen Hawking: God did not create Universe

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There is no place for God in theories on the creation of the Universe, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.

He had previously argued belief in a creator was not incompatible with science but in a new book, he concludes the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics.

The Grand Design, part serialised in the Times, says there is no need to invoke God to set the Universe going.

"Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something," he concluded.

'Planetary conditions'

In his new book, an extract of which appears in the Times, Britain's most famous physicist sets out to contest Sir Isaac Newton's belief that the universe must have been designed by God as it could not have sprung out of chaos.

Citing the 1992 discovery of a planet orbiting a star other than our Sun, he said: "That 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 as evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings."

He adds: "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.

"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

The book was co-written by US physicist Leonard Mlodinow and is published on 9 September.

In his 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time, Prof Hawking appeared to accept the role of God in the creation of the Universe.

"If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we should know the mind of God," he said.
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Human beings are not necessary to explain the existence of this computer I'm typing at.

It just sort of randomly and spontaneously put itself together and works very well. All just a coincidence, of course.

What a ridiculous statement by Hawking.
But a computer is man-made, not natural.
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‎"The supreme arrogance of religious thinking: that a carbon-based bag of mostly water on a speck of iron-silicate dust around a boring dwarf star in a minor galaxy in an underpopulated local group of galaxies in an unfashionable suburb of a super-cluster would look up at the sky and declare, "It was all made so that I could exist." - Peter Walker
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I read the theory of everything, and in it, Hawking made implications all over the book that there was place for a creator......
If you look in the OP it mentions that he did believe that back in the late 1980's, and I think Hawking has decided that his personal opinion is that there is no room for a creator of the universe.
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He says it's not necessary to invoke god in the spontaneous creation... But he didn't say whether there is a god or not...
Of course, and I don't think anyone can currently prove or disprove that a god of some form exists.
It's kind of funny how the website that the image is taken from equates "freethinker" with some level of atheism/agnosticism.
We've already had that discussion before.
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