yes, many will be up in arms saying that i’m a scientist and therefore an atheist and would absolutely agree with Stephen Hawking’s statement. but what’s the fuss all about? the statement isn’t exactly new. the whole quote is as follows:
What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary. –Der Spiegel (17 October 1988)
is it just me or Geekologie.com is humorous enough to post on their site that “somebody’s going to hell!”? 😀 i think Geekologie understands that the more conservative people will condemn Hawking for belittling God, for saying that God isn’t powerful, that God is not needed for the universe to exist. why? he’s not claiming he is God. he didn’t (and IMO he can’t) claim proof that God does not exist. he is simply stating that He [probably] wasn’t necessary. i added “probably” only because i also learned from another scientist, Richard Feynman, that we cannot be ABSOLUTELY certain about things in the universe. hence, this might be my own overly-simplified version and understanding of the universe by putting the ideas of these two great minds. that is how science is to me.
having been taught in Catholic schools and now working for a Catholic institution, and being a scientist at the same time, presents great theological and mental exercises for myself. i cannot simply say that “there is no God” because i don’t absolutely believe that it is true. in much the same way, i do not believe what science says is always right. Stephen Hawking, once again, may have thought of this the same way too:
I’m not religious in the normal sense. I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.
he is not absolutely certain about these things. he believes in the rules of science but he doesn’t discount the possibility that these rules may have come from God. ok, his use of “God” might be metaphorical but somehow, i think there’s some little part of him there that still believes that the “God” he pertains to is the same God i know from my Catholic education.
this is just a simple-minded person’s thinking of his Catholic beliefs and one man’s lifetime’s worth of thinking in science and physics. i’m not proving anything. i can’t. i’m just human and can 0nly think and doubt and attempt to understand all that there is in the universe (and perhaps beyond it) in all 11 dimensions.