In an article published recently, (September 1, 2010), on Britain’s Daily Mail online edition, Dr Stephen Hawking declared God “redundant”. According to the article, quoting from Hawking’s new book, “The Grand Design”, ‘Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” He goes on to state there is no need for God to, in effect, light the fuse to get it all started.
I have always respected Stephen Hawking’s intellect. He is, without doubt, one of the most brilliant scientists of our time.
But I must take issue with him on this point.
Not because I think I’m smarter than him, (I definitely do not!), nor because I’m an avowed and unabashed creationist, but because of an obvious flaw in his thinking, which astounds me!
Hawking declares because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can create itself from nothing.
I find the second half of this statement, (the universe can create itself), impossible to comprehend! I might expect such a statement from someone who doesn’t possess Mr. Hawking’s knowledge, but from him, I find it ludicrous!
He is stating that there is a LAW of Gravity, and implying it existed BEFORE there ever was a universe. He further implies natural forces made use of this law to cause the universe to form itself.
Therein lies the rub, as Shakespeare would say. In this case, though, it’s more than just one rub.
First there is the statement that the law of gravity exists.
He doesn’t say there’s a THEORY of gravity.
He calls it a LAW- which we all know it is.
He states the law of gravity as a “given”- it’s there, it exists.
Period. End of discussion.
Okay, Mr. Hawking, everybody agrees on that point.
Everybody knows the law of gravity exists.
But tell me this:
How did that law get there in the first place?
A “law” is either a statement defining allowable actions within a prescribed set of circumstances, or the enforcement of those allowable actions within those prescribed circumstances.
According to the latest edition of Merriam Webster, A “law”, in it’s specific application, implies prescription and enforcement by a ruling authority.”
Thus, if there IS a law of gravity, (and we all acknowledge there is), there has to be an authority that laid down that law in the first place, and enforces it even today. Otherwise it would not BE a law!
Using the definition supplied by Webster, it’s obvious a law can’t just create itself.
Someone or Something had to create it in the first place, and put it in operation.
The very fact the law of gravity exists attests to it having been created at some point in time.
My second point of contention with Mr. Hawking is his claim the universe could create itself out of nothing. Even “Big Bang” proponents don’t go that far! They claim the universe began as a “singularity” of some sort. In other words, something was there, “in the beginning”.
Question: Has anyone ever seen something CREATE ITSELF? Especially OUT OF NOTHING????
For we humans to create ANYTHING takes some level of intelligence, even if it’s only rudimentary.
And the level of intelligence required to create anything increases with the size and complexity of the
thing being created. The more complex it is, the more intelligence required to create it.
The universe is big- vast beyond our imagination or comprehension- bigger than anything any human ever did or could create. The greatest of human minds could not even begin to create it!
Yet Mr. Hawking claims it could create itself, and out of nothing, to boot!
NO intelligence behind it.
NO design behind it!
NO planning behind it!
It just “happened”!
How, Mr. Hawking?
How did the concept of ‘creating’ itself begin?
When did it begin?
WHY did it begin?
How did it get started in the first place???
That’s not being smart-alecky! These are intelligent questions that demand intelligent answers! Not some high-falutin’ scientific “theoretical” snow-job, but solid, believable, down-to-earth answers.
No human is born “intelligent”. We acquire intelligence through education and life experiences. It’s NOT a given in humans that we all are, or will be, intelligent. It’s very evident, in fact, that many never do acquire substantial intelligence due to circumstances of birth, environment, or simply never being exposed to the opportunity to gain it.
Yet the greatest achievements of the human mind come only from intelligent thought and planning. It’s ironic that it took years of intelligent work and effort to create the rocket that carried men to the moon- just the doorstep of the universe- and brought him back. Ironic because for all it’s complexity- more than 3 million separate parts all having to work in perfect harmony with each other- that rocket doesn’t even begin to compare to the complexity of that vast universe which Mr. Hawking states could have created itself!
Mr. Hawking implies it took NO intelligence for the universe to form. “Natural” forces would have been able to do it, using the law of gravity. One has to wonder what those “natural” forces were, and how THEY got there!!!
Taken to it’s ultimate, the statement the universe could create itself, suggests there would have had to be some motivating force, some “reason” to start it all. Even if it were all just a “lucky accident”, SOMETHING would have had to happen to cause that accident.
What WAS it?
Regardless of the existence of the law of gravity, that law would not have been a motivator to BEGIN the process, because gravity doesn’t create anything- it merely exerts a force on the created object. Since there was nothing to begin with, gravity would not have anything to exert it’s force upon.
It’s interesting that Mr. Hawking calls his book, “The Grand Design”, yet claims there was no designer!
Sorry, Mr. Hawking, your postulations just don’t ring true!
You have either overlooked, or simply chosen to ignore, one of the most basic and provable statements of any branch of science:
Nothing happens of and by itself.
Nothing designs itself.
Nothing creates itself.
Nothing sets down laws for itself.
Design DEMANDS a designer.
Creation DEMANDS a creator.
Law DEMANDS a lawgiver.
The only point Mr. Hawking and I agree on is that the universe WAS created out of nothing.
But it did not create itself! It simply defies all logic to claim it could or did!
Although Mr. Hawking denies it, there is Someone who claims to be the Original Source behind it all-
the original DESIGNER, CREATOR and LAW-GIVER- God, if you will- the same God whom Mr. Hawking claims was not “necessary”, who alone had the REASON and the POWER and the INTELLIGENCE to design and create the universe, and who alone has the INTELLIGENCE to govern it today!
That same God, in speaking of men’s denial of Him and his existence stated:
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became as fools.”
Nothing further needs to be added.