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Stephen Hawking: God was not needed to create the Universe
Daily Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2010 | Laura Roberts

Posted on 09/02/2010 6:21:27 AM PDT by tlb

The Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the Universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded.

In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Hawking said: “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.”

In June this year Prof Hawking told a Channel 4 series that he didn't believe that a "personal" God existed. He told Genius of Britain: "The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can't understand, or was it determined by a law of science? I believe the second. If you like, you can call the laws of science 'God', but it wouldn't be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: atheismandstate; atheist; atheistsupremacist; bigbang; book; god; hawking; stephenhawking; thenogodgod
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I guess that settles that. It's always interesting to be reminded Hawking is British. He doesn't sound English.
1 posted on 09/02/2010 6:21:32 AM PDT by tlb
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Funny that he thinks that the universe can be created from nothing and yet can’t fathom the idea of God. Pitiful, little man. Just a thought


2 posted on 09/02/2010 6:23:06 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: tlb

“The Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the Universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded.”

Where’d those laws of physics come from Stevie?


3 posted on 09/02/2010 6:23:22 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: tlb

Small wonder his wife beat him.


4 posted on 09/02/2010 6:23:29 AM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: tlb

Do you know that Hawking cannot speak?

His COMPUTER voice does not have a british accent either


5 posted on 09/02/2010 6:23:33 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: tlb
First there was nothing.

Then it exploded.

6 posted on 09/02/2010 6:23:37 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: tlb

seriously, this guy is so overrated.


7 posted on 09/02/2010 6:23:49 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: tlb

The fool sayeth in his heart “There is no God.”


8 posted on 09/02/2010 6:24:04 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Boogieman

Agreed. Where did gravity come from?


9 posted on 09/02/2010 6:24:24 AM PDT by Nabber
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THEN BY WHAT PROCESS WAS THE UNIVERSE CREATED, GENIUS?

By your own admission, Hawking, your statement of faith is more ridiculous than any religion’s: I have faith that something created something, and you have faith that nothing created something.

If you can give one example, in this universe, of spontaneous creation, your statement might make sense.


10 posted on 09/02/2010 6:25:12 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: tlb
That is like saying that because you didn't see the architect homeowner and financier show up at the job site to personally pound nails and pour concrete, he was not needed to create the house.
11 posted on 09/02/2010 6:25:15 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: tlb

“Hey - get your own dirt.”


12 posted on 09/02/2010 6:25:25 AM PDT by OKSooner (Obama confessed "his muslim faith" on the George Stephanopolous show on September 7th, 2008.)
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Because there is a law such as gravity,

I wish one of these eggheads would kindly explain to us unwashed ignoramusii just how those "laws" came into being to begin with. I totally believe in the Big Bang, but "someone" had to pull the trigger. ; )

13 posted on 09/02/2010 6:26:00 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Had enough, yet?)
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furthermore, Hawking must be sure the “law of science” just invented itself out of .....

All scientists know that matter acts and assembles into meaningful function with no underlying information to design and direct it.

“Information Happens, then Sh@t happens”

right?

14 posted on 09/02/2010 6:26:00 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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If you like, you can call the laws of science 'God'...

There it is! The leftist manifesto in a nutshell!

15 posted on 09/02/2010 6:26:24 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

He’d just pissed off at God... poor guy, he could be in for a new body and mind if he were so inclined...


16 posted on 09/02/2010 6:26:26 AM PDT by dps.inspect (uttox)
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To: ShadowAce
First there was nothing. Then it exploded.

Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? -sarc

17 posted on 09/02/2010 6:26:55 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: ShadowAce

Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’
You gotta have somethin’
If you wanna be with me


18 posted on 09/02/2010 6:27:21 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: tlb

I’m quite perplexed by a person whose imagination can grasp the wonders unknown and unseen of this universe, yet cannot grasp the notion of an intelligence or a consciousness higher than that of man. Why must science and religion be a zero sum game?


19 posted on 09/02/2010 6:27:28 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing.

A law without a lawgiver.

A creation without a creator.

An effect without a cause.

What a brilliant man.

/s

20 posted on 09/02/2010 6:27:40 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Nations, and individuals, ignore nature and Nature’s God at their own peril.)
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