The chicken or the egg? Creation or... creation?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 02, 2010

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who conceded in his last book that belief in God is compatible with contemporary scientific knowledge, now argues that the “Big Bang” theory can explain the existence of the universe without reference to a divine Creator. “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something,” Hawking says.

Right. But spontaneous creation by Whom?

The BBC reports that in Hawking’s understanding, creation was “an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics.” OK; who created the laws of physics?

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 10:33 PM ET USA

    I saw bumper sticker, which might shed some light and truth to this subject, which read, "I believe in the Big Bang Theory,God said BANG" and that was It!" Deacon Pat

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 12:30 PM ET USA

    Al Gore

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 11:01 AM ET USA

    To extend Japheth's comment: according to the General Theory of Relativity, gravity is a property of space. The Big Bang came out of a nothing, by definition a null-space. No space, no gravity. Hawking knows that. He's just so busy making pronouncements about the fate of the universe, he forgot.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2010 9:01 AM ET USA

    Hawking may be a great physicist, but he flunked Philosophy 101 - he conflates necessary and sufficient causes. Having found necessary causes for creation he (arrogantly) assumes their sufficiency.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2010 10:05 PM ET USA

    I think that Stephen may be either entering the dark night of the soul, or experiencing a desolation, either way, it might be a good thing for his soul in the end. Prayers for the man to exit the darkness and nihilism that he must currently find himself in. Where does he think he might go when he will die?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 02, 2010 9:41 PM ET USA

    May one assume that neither the brilliant Dr. Hawking nor his publicist deliberately chose today to release this material? Since the first reading at today's Mass is from 1 Corinthians 3:18-23, when Paul tells us "..the wisdom of this world is absurdity with God." And quotes, "'He catches the wise in their craftiness'; and again, 'The Lord knows how empty are the thoughts of the wise.'" (NAB) Proving once again, not only that there is there a God, but also that He has a sense of humor.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Sep. 02, 2010 8:36 PM ET USA

    Hawking is an intelligent man, but one couldn't tell by such quotes as, "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing." Last time I checked, gravity required something with mass in order to exist. Maybe there are other laws of physics that don't require matter but can spontaneously create. I thought the only thing that could be spontaneously created without God were votes for Al Franken.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2010 6:32 PM ET USA

    That's the whole problem with anti-creation theories that are based on "laws" -- if everything is spontaneous and random, "laws" should not exist. And "spontaneous creation" defies the laws of science itself. "Nothing will come of nothing; speak again." King Lear (Act I, Scene 1) "Nothing comes of nothing. Nothing ever could!" From "Something Good," The Sound of Music.