Stephen Hawking has made assertions as to the role played by God at the start of the universe. Hawking thinks, unlike Sir Isaac Newton, that gravity is not a sign of God’s presence. Gravity is simply a force that naturally occurs with matter and will subsequently “create from nothing.” Hawking is offering an alternative theory to Newton’s concept: that God designed and created the universe.
The universe, according to Hawking’s studies, has the ability, through certain laws, such as gravity, to self generate. “The Grand Design” will hopefully reveal more detail on his position. As most current excerpts are limited and incomplete, many statements can be made out of context or misused.
Hawking’s time as a Cambridge math professor, the same position held by Newton, seemed to have an influence on his pursuit of Quantum theory answers. But answers to these sorts of questions always seem to change in the scientific community. As new theories are tested, more adopters will join in support, and some will look to disprove the theory in light of newer information.
So in any debate over theoretical physics, some scientists will agree and disagree. But Hawking seems to have gained support for this new assertion. One leading scientist who support’s Hawking, Richard Dawkins, is an atheist and supports this solution fully. Members of the atheist community find this purely scientific solution to the ultimate question accurate and accommodating. Science is looking for scientific reasons, while religion seems to have the answers already. Maybe the scientific community has solution-envy, but many consider religions’ solutions to be only a theory of God.
“The Grand Design” will provide the scientific community with a new set of science-based answers to the origins of the universe. Quantum physicists will certainly look to prove this theory over a long period of time. The longer the theory stands against analysis, the more credibility the theory will gain. Proving the theory is still going to be challenging, if not impossible, in our day.
This bold statement by Hawking is surely to bring many religious leaders to state their contrary positions. Religion could easily offer another theory to best Hawking’s book. As the book of Genesis mentions, in the beginning, there was nothing, as “God created the heavens and the earth.” Religious leaders may suggest that God did not need to light a torch to set the universe in motion because he created all the matter in the universe, thus causing gravity to exist.
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