Hawking's Godless Universe

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					On the one hand, the educational masterminds who insist on teaching Creationism in
U.S. schools now have yet another opponent.
 On the other hand, would they even listen?
 First, the facts: Stephen Hawking, the world-famous and award-winning physicist
who has done incredible research on the nature of the universe, has recently posited
that God's inclusion in the tale of the creation of the universe is redundant, according
to excerpts of his up-coming book that appeared on The Times newspaper this
 "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from
nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing,
why the universe exists, why we exist," writes the astrophysicist.
 "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe
 The report has set off conversations around the world that Hawking has somehow
turned his back on God and that God is an irrelevant feature in the tale of creation.
 This is a highly novel development given Hawking's previous beliefs on God, which
were that God was simply not "necessary" in order to understand the universe and that
understanding a complete theory would mean that humans would finally know the
mind of God.
 Now, Hawking has moved on to something altogether revolutionary, not only for his
own beliefs but also for what he represents as one of the smartest people in the
universe and the "Einstein" of our era.
 Will Hawking's latest assertions add more ammunition to the increasingly vocal
atheist sects of society in disregarding the role of God in society and culture, or will
his claims simply invigorate a religious base that feels increasingly under attack and
which is, in some circles, becoming more militant as time passes?
 The answer to this question is, of course, uncertain but what should be clear is that
regardless of Hawking's brilliance in the realm of science, his understanding of
religion is not significant enough to make him an authoritative figure on the subject.
 Instead of learning religious theory from Hawking's latest declarations, what we
should learn is that matters of religion and religious belief are subjects that people
should learn in a family setting and that people should decide on personally and
 Brilliant scientists and Southern school boards may have their views on the universe,
but the planet may be better off if they both keep those views to themselves and focus
on what they know best: Physics and education, respectively.
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