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Stephen Hawking and his juvenile assault on God to sell a book

Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest minds of our century (that’s what we’re told), which is why it’s so frustrating to witness him being exploited, or worse, exploiting science to make a buck. His publisher was thrilled to release the following provocative anti-theisitic statements from Hawking’s new book “The Grand Design”: “Because there are laws such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself out of nothing. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going” and “How did the universe begin?…does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god.”

I’ve received several emails asking if I’m planning to respond – I wanted to wait to see the book for myself. Meanwhile, atheists pound their chests as though they’ve just held up Madusa’s head to defeat the Kraken and they haven’t read one page. I personally laughed at some of the comments that I’ve read by atheists describing how “they’re basically smarter than the rest of us” and can don an arrogant smile like a Hybrid driver pulling away from the gas pump.

While Hawking and his comrades have made careers out of their wild speculations, their assertions are hardly new or prophetic. The theory of the “vacuum fluctuation” (to imply that matter can simply spontaneously appear, created out of “nothing”) has been combined with the string theory, M-theory and other elements of quantum physics to hypothesize scenario after scenario to support the “everything from nothing” (i.e. Big Bang) theory.

Hawking’s statement is no big deal. It’s not original, it’s not certain, and even it were true: it’s no threat to authentic faith in God.

From Hawking’s “A Brief in Time”

There are something like ten million million million million million million million million million million million million million million (1 with eighty zeroes after it) particles in the region of the universe that we can observe. Where did they all come from? The answer is that, in quantum theory, particles can be created out of energy in the form of particle/antiparticle parts. But that just raises the question of where the energy came from. The answer is that the total energy of the universe is exactly zero.

The problem is that his statement of absolutism is just a theory. “In quantum THEORY” particles can do whatever the scientists dream up.

So in this latest send up, “The Grand Design”, the genius Hawking fails to illustrate any but another tier on the house of cards of “hypothetical science” My favorite is Hawking trying to explain “M-theory is not a theory in the usual sense. It is a whole family of different theories.”

(According to M-theory) “ours is not the only universe, instead M-theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing.”

So alien and “Star Trek” friends, life is likely out there. “Something” didn’t come from “nothing”…a WHOLE LOT of “Somethings” came from “nothing.”

Ugh.

I actually snickered as Hawking, the genius of our time, used the common comic book term “multiverse” to describe this theory of “multiple universes” which were pre-destined to form from science, in large part, because we have Laws of Nature (e.g. Gravity, 2nd Law of Thermodynamics)

If this starts to sound more like Douglas Adams than Stephen Hawking, well…that’s because it’s more science fiction than observable, testable science – the exact thing these scientists deplore about the faithful.

We shouldn’t be surprised.

In a Discovery Channel documentary, Hawking stated: “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”

Aliens. Yes, these are the enlightened ones with their smug smile and superior intellect.

Supporters will use the term “ground breaking” as Hawking dumbs down overwhelming technical terms and makes the details of quantum mechanics an easier read. Unfortunately, the faithful won’t have the faith to take a leap with Hawking on his quest to sell us that there’s “billions of universes” out there.

Sure there are, and if so, God put them there.

Personally I was really, really disappointed. I hope that Dr. Hawking had taken up the real challenge and tried to explain how and why we’d have all of these wonderfully specific, detailed laws of nature. There’s no real reason to believe that we have some sort of evolutionary advantage to come from “nothing” into this incredibly organized world (a complete defiance to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics BTW) or that we overcome the near mathematical impossibilities to develop intracellular complexities that we see inside of every living cell.

Instead, all I found was a “different theory” to tell us that MORE can from nothing. Dr. Hawking’s press release was a dose of gasoline on the fire raging between atheists and believers. Just a ploy to promote his book and a big disappointment.

Maybe next time.

“One can imagine that God created the universe at literally any time in the past. On the other hand, if the universe is expanding, there may be physical reasons why there had to be a beginning. One could imagine that God created the universe at the instant of the big bang, or even afterwards in just such a way as to make it look as though there had been a big bang, but it would be meaningless to suppose that it was created before the big bang. An expanding universe does not preclude a creator, but it does place limits on when he might have carried out his job!” – Hawking, “A Brief History of Time” page 8-9

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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