Stephen Hawking is considered one of the most knowledgeable people in the field of science. The world-famous astrophysicist and cosmologist have received the highest honors for his contributions in the field of quantum physics, black holes and the nature of space-time.
Stephen Hawking was the guest of honor at the Starmus Astrophysicist Festival where he caused a bit of a controversy when he said God doesn’t exist.
This isn’t the first time Stephen Hawking has made a statement like that. In 2014, during an interview with a Spanish language newspaper, he announced that he was an atheist.
His statement shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since he has always been pretty vocal about his opposition to religious beliefs.
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”
“We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god. No one created our universe, and no one directs our fate.”
The astrophysicist has time and again made ambiguous statements about the existence of God.
In his book, the Brief History of Time published in 1988, he writes, ‘ If we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists.’
He further went on saying, “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.”
He has made similar statements in his book, The Grand Designs which examines the history of scientific knowledge. He states, “The universe began with the Big Bang, which simply followed the inevitable law of physics.”
His statement attracted a lot of criticism especially from some famous religious leaders who even went on misquoting Hawking in order to prove him wrong. Most of their arguments were immature and petty reflecting little understanding of science.
The Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, said “Belief in God…is the belief that there is an intelligent, living agent on whose activity everything ultimately depends for its existence. Physics on its own will not settle the question of why there is something rather than nothing.”
Many tried to discredit his workings and theories bringing in the most recent views of Hawking where he said that alien life might exist on other planets and that we need to vary of them as they might be hostile. Their argument was that Stephen Hawking has no proof of this and so everything he says must be wrong. Some of them went on saying how Stephen Hawking should stick to Science and leave God to theologians.