Boy, this is gonna piss people off!! Can't wait to buy the new book!!
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LONDON (Reuters) – God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book.

In "The Grand Design," co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday.

"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," Hawking writes.

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

Hawking, 68, who won global recognition with his 1988 book "A Brief History of Time," an account of the origins of the universe, is renowned for his work on black holes, cosmology and quantum gravity.

Since 1974, the scientist has worked on marrying the two cornerstones of modern physics -- Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, which concerns gravity and large-scale phenomena, and quantum theory, which covers subatomic particles.

His latest comments suggest he has broken away from previous views he has expressed on religion. Previously, he wrote that the laws of physics meant it was simply not necessary to believe that God had intervened in the Big Bang.

He wrote in A Brief History ... "If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we should know the mind of God."

In his latest book, he said the 1992 discovery of a planet orbiting another star other than the Sun helped deconstruct the view of the father of physics Isaac Newton that the universe could not have arisen out of chaos but was created by God.

"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 evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings," he writes.

Hawking, who is only able to speak through a computer-generated voice synthesizer, has a neuro muscular dystrophy that has progressed over the years and left him almost completely paralyzed.

He began suffering the disease in his early 20s but went on to establish himself as one of the world's leading scientific authorities, and has also made guest appearances in "Star Trek" and the cartoons "Futurama" and "The Simpsons."

Last year he announced he was stepping down as Cambridge University's Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by Newton and one he had held since 1979.

"The Grand Design" is due to go on sale next week.

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Dear Kelly,

Professor John Lennox holds that the world was divinely created, at least in the sense that its creation involves powers beyond our control. Was the power generated in the singularity of the Bing Bang under human control or intelligence? No, therefore, he would be willing to say that God informed us about divinity and the world and gave us the Law in an indirect way.

I would want to stress that within Scientists who are also Christians, revelation occurs in events that human beings interpret to be revelatory of truths or norms of conduct. Thus, any event could be a source of revelation, although some may be more impressively so than others.

“Support for the existence of God moves far beyond the realm of science,” Lennox said. “Within the Christian faith, there is also the powerful evidence that God revealed himself to mankind through Jesus Christ two millennia ago. This is well-documented not just in the scriptures and other testimony but also in a wealth of archaeological findings.”

Science is important, but it can play a limited role in shaping hearts and minds.
“Support for the existence of God moves far beyond the realm of science,” Lennox said. “Within the Christian faith, there is also the powerful evidence that God revealed himself to mankind through Jesus Christ two millennia ago. This is well-documented not just in the scriptures and other testimony but also in a wealth of archaeological findings.”

So it's generalized statements like this, that make smart people automatically dismiss any argument this man might have, because there is NO evidence of ANY of the above. ABSOLUTELY ZERO. There is no evidence of any of this, and that is one of the main reasons there are so many atheists. I'm interested for you to clarify your opinion on this subject. I may be getting the wrong idea here.....
Lennox's line of reasoning brings you back to the question, "Who created the creator?". I find the proposition that the universe "just exists" to be NO more difficult to believe than that god "just exist". In light of all the pain, suffering and tragedy that befalls us humans, I can not believe in any type of 'hands-on' god as described in the Judeo-Christian religions. The world makes much more sense when you're NOT contemplating why an omnipotent god would allow a single catastrophic natural (or unnatural) disaster to take thousands of lives in one fell swoop.
Spot on Chuck....spot on!
It's great to see that Prof Hawking has finally freed himself from the handcuffs of political correctness that had led him to concede the possibility of divine existence in his 1988 best seller. There is no doubt in my mind that his new book - bound to become yet another best seller, I am sure - will spark a plethora of heated reactions from all walks of Loonyland - including the staunch believers and those who still espouse the non-overlapping magisteria view. Can't wait to get my hands on a fresh copy.
Well, I live in the "bible belt" of the US, and already people have their panties in a wad. I love watching all the chaos this has already caused, and look forward with great anticipation the stink it's going to cause once the book hits the shelf and all the christian "scientists" try to pit their own narrow little minds against one of the greatest minds of our generation. That should be rich. I already pre-purchased my copy and can't wait until it gets here. I'm hoping that someone will start a discussion group on it because I know there are going to be things I can't totally grasp. Let the games begin.....hehehe...

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