One of the greatest minds of our time, if not all time, and a universally praised physicist and cosmologist who has gone out of his way time and time again to not offend people of faith. He is oft-cited as mentioning God when talking about the big bang or origins of the universe. However, this is a fallacy, and a weak attempt by theists to hijack someone credible to their pitifully unsubstantiated beliefs.
What if “God” triggered the Big Bang, and all the laws that followed? This contradicts the bible, koran, torah, et cetera, but it still provides enough doubt in the mind of every day people to allow room for the possibility of a creator.
Anyone who doubts that Hawking is an Atheist need only listen to his narration and comments on “Did God Create the Universe“. Hawking is very clear about a number of things.
- There are 3 ingredients needed to make everything: Matter, Energy, and Space
- Quantum physics has been shown to allow for an object (proton) to appear from nothing.
- Like in a black hole where time does not exist, there was no time before time began.
In short, for Hawking, all chains of causation and condition ultimately trace to physical laws and quantum fluctuations, the greatest quantum fluctuation being the big bang itself. And, since time also begins with the big bang, there was no prior time for God to brood over the surface of the deep (as Genesis 1 imagines God doing), or to do anything else for that matter. Hawking is quoted as saying,
You can’t get to a time before the big bang, because there was no, ‘before the big bang’ because there was no time for a cause to exist in. For me this means there is no possibility of a creator, because their is no time for a creator to have existed
Can his view on the existence of a God or Gods be any clearer? I don’t think so, and I’d be grateful if theists stopped quoting him out of context and rely on their own supporters for worthy messages. Oh wait. They can’t because there aren’t any. So, I guess for the rest of time we’re going to be subjected to theistic fallacies like misquoted Hawkings and Einstein, or ideas like “Hitler was an atheist” (hint: he wasn’t).
I don’t profess that science knows everything, but it knows that it doesn’t. To quote myself from yesterday:
Science is disorganised knowledge, ever evolving. Religion is organised ignorance, ever restricting.