Stephen Hawking to Caltech Students: Creation Didn't Need Divine Help

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Cosmologist Stephen Hawking addressed a crowd of hundreds of students at California Institute of Technology this week to explain why the creation of the universe did not need divine help.

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking addressed a huge crowd of students at California Institute of Technology this week to explain why the creation of the universe did not need divine help. According to The Huffington PostHawking began his talk by joking about “what God was doing before the creation of the world” — perhaps “preparing hell for people who asked such questions.”

Hawking then went on to explain the history of the creationism debate vs. the more cosmological theories, presenting the new estimated age of the earth at 13.8 billion years. His talk also included a discussion of M-theory, which proposes that multiple universes are created out of nothing with many possible histories and many possible states of existence, and in only a few of these states would life be possible, and in fewer still could something like humanity exist. Hawking mentioned that he felt fortunate to be living in this state of existence, then closed the event with his familiar plea to continue exploring the cosmos, as “we must continue to go into space for the future of humanity.”

After the talk, Hawking allowed a few students to ask him questions, topics of which ranged from  black holes to the speech-generating technology that allows Hawking to speak despite his debilitating Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Hawking as saying, “It has been a glorious time to be alive and doing research in theoretical physics. Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years and I’m happy if I have made a small contribution. The fact that we human beings, who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph.”

Hawking spends about a month out of each year at Caltech discussing the cosmos with fellow theoretical physicists.

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  • Deana Callins

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    • debra roland

      Answer this: If the bible is God’s word, inspired by God, written by men through God, ect, how do you explain the Council Of Nicea? The “holy men” of the time got together, went through the books, and selected which books went in, and tossed out other books. This is the bible we have today. Did those “holy men” know more than God, that they chose what books we now have?

      • Just wondering

        If the God worked through men to write the Bible do you not think he could lead them to place the books he wanted into the Bible?

      • Guest

        I don’t understand why you read these articles in the first place if your not a believer. I personally never read anti-christian or secular world view articles, because I know that they are rubbish to me, so why would you read our stuff? Are you interested in becoming a follower of Christ? Are you thirsty? I think its a fair question to ask yourself. We’ll leave the light on for you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.burns.90857 Mike Burns

        The council only affirmed what was already understood to prevent false teaching infiltrating the church. They did not “pick and choose” which books to use. These books were already understood to fit the criteria of inspired and those rejected did not.

      • wordbased

        Debra… I see that you have been listening to someone without doing your own research. Could I suggest Lee Strobel’s ” the Case for Christ.” It is a book that covers this and other valid issues that are out there. Yes they are valid but there are answers that are rationally satisfying.

  • John Sears

    My response to Stephen Hawking is this. At the risk of sounding “Unscientific”, why is it a great time to be alive and studying science if our existence is merely a collection of fundamental particles of nature? Where does that knowledge lead us? Why is it so important to “keep going into space for the future of humanity” if humanity has no purpose outside of understanding who we are. To extend life? To what end? Does science really believe that we can be eternal? It seems rather ironic then that you have no place for an eternal creator? You have glorified knowledge that leads … nowhere. Your reasoning is flawed and circular.

    50 or 100 years from now, it is my hope that people will reject the “contributions” to real science that Mr. Hawking has given as laughable. (I think they are laughable today.) He has spent his entire “scientific” career intentionally shutting his eyes to the basic principle of scientific observation when it comes to the need for a creator (because he does not want to be held accountable to any standard but his own.)

    Sick and tired of the foolishness of goo to you evolutionary teaching.

  • Deana Callins

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    • reddesertwolf

      I agree 100% with everything you have said and then some.

  • Deana Callins

    Peace be to you and Love. If the Love of our Savior Jesus Christ is true in us we have fellowship with one another. By this, we know that the Love Jesus is abiding in us towards one another. If we Confess and Acknowledge Jesus Christ concerning all areas of our life. We are faithful ministers and witnesses. If we do not Confess or Acknowledge Jesus; who is the gospel fulfilled, we do error/false from the Truth. Denying the foundation and truth that Saved and saves us from our sins. “In All your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths” into righteousness. It’s not about us; selfishness. It’s always been and will be Praise and Glory to Jesus Christ the Savior and Head of the Church of “God”. Who Is worthy of all the Praises. In His Name; there Is All Power been given and no other. Anyone who teaches openly of him, their witness is true. Try the Spirit; whether it is of God or anti-christ in these end times. Be not deceived. SPEAK MORE about JESUS(the all sufficient for all things), Than the problems around you. LIGHT always cast out darkness. Good overcomes evil. So let your light shine no matter whats going on around you. Guard your heart by focusing more on Jesus Christ than the troubles of today. God Bless the “Hearers & Receivers”. Amen

  • http://www.stevenbrown.org/ Steven Brown

    I know this may sound overly simplistic, but there cannot be a creation without a creator nor a design without a designer. This stands true in every other aspect of our existence, so why exclude the earth, nature and humanity?

    • Saqib Tahir

      Your argument is self defeating. The next logical question is that who created the creator?

      • Mar Komus

        Not so. Asking only begs the question. The Creator of all stands apart from and above all. He is, by definition, not creatED because He is the creatOR

      • http://www.stevenbrown.org/ Steven Brown

        Since He is Supernatural, He has always existed, outside our linear concept of time and space.

      • Ronald Slyderink

        Not all questions are ‘logical’ and can be logically verified. Even if there is an answer to the ‘who created the creator’, it doesn’t alter our frame of reference and accountability to our creator and designer. Stating a fact is not an argument. The issue for people is they can choose to believe it or not.

  • Gilbert Shea

    Professing to be wise, he became a fool.

  • Deana Callins

    You are in my Heart. I am learning what it is to be “A New Creation” in Jesus Christ. All of us have some type of struggle within ourselves. Those who “Believe” by faith rest in knowing this: God knows whats best for us; Better than ourselves. Continuing in earnest prayer for our Faith. To press on, run on, and pursue the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Whether everything goes the way we Hope or not. We keep “Seeking” the Lords way of doing things. If we fall; we get up and start again, It’s his “Love” that revives our soul to diligently continue on this path to goodness and eternal life. Expecting this, he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him and knowing he cares for us. Even if we don’t understand all Jesus ways. By FAITH, we trust he only desires the very best for us. For that reason, we obey his word/instructions. I hope this finds you well. Kindness Is Love

  • Deana Callins

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  • Pastor John

    If you trace the Biblical world back to its origin you find an Infinite Being responsible for everything. Hawking postulates that if you trace the origin of our universe back far enough you come to an infinite number of universes, with ours being one of the few (or only one) that happens to support the possibility of life. What I’m hearing is that the good professor has replaced one infinity with another infinity, the only real difference being that his replacement puts no demands on Hawking. he’s owes nothing to his originator. We’re both talking about “before” time. We’re both appealing to an “infinity.” He’s no more likely to be able to show me his than I am to show him mine (multiverse is speculation, isn’t it?). Mine offers the hope of eternal, joyful life. His offers the chance to, “come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe,” before the universe eventually dies, taking us with it. It’s obvious to me: I’m sticking with the God of the Bible! By the way, considering how many Christians have made scientific / mathematical discoveries / developments, it sounds as though you can also strive for what Hawking strives for in knowledge, as well as receive eternal life! Awesome!

    • Harvey Simpson

      Right, why is his “fairy tale”, better than our “delusion”? It seems to me “science” makes alot of assumptions, ignore probability and moral laws just to deny God his due!

      • http://www.facebook.com/mohsinlawyer Syed Mohsin Naqvi

        If “science” makes a lot of assumptions, what does religion make? delusions….so called divine revelations…. of some psycho patients?

        • Ronald Slyderink

          We all make assumptions, the issue is are they true or not. There is enough evidence supporting the truth of the Bible, the existence and truth of Jesus Christ, and our own human experiences. Time will confirm all.

  • reddesertwolf

    It’s to bad that such a smart guy still can’t grasp the big picture I don’t have to be a wiz to figure out that without GOD none of the universe works without him and the Grand design that he Created and get this I figure one of his days is about a billion years nobody knows not even Steven and all his so called wonder.

  • Jonathan Hughes

    The brain of Stephen hawking equals the condition of his body due to a subluxation of the atlas on top of his spine acting like a slowly closing door to the blood vessels and nerves going to and from his brain. That is what is contorting his body. He simply can’t think straight. The infinite had to create the infinite even as we create the finite being what we are that is finite. Stephen Hawking neglected good chiropractic practitioners for way to long that are found on upcspine and upper cervical heath centers. UCS only – Upper cervical specific only.

  • Peter Dubec

    I am a doctor in physics. Hawking falsifies physical research, because he wants to satisfy his bitterness against God.

    Please pray for him. He needs to know Gods love personally.

  • Prince N

    “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God….” Psalm 14:1a KJV.

  • http://www.facebook.com/voola.kumar Voola Ravi Kumar

    God is the creator of this universe. He never stops His activities as Mr.Stephen won’t stop his research until his death.God is eternal God and lives forever and ever.He is the alpha and omega.God is preparing a glorious place for HIS people. Hell is a prepared place for satan and his followers (Matthews 25:41).Taste and see that The Lord is good.How can I say that there is no God when I am enjoying His presence, peace and power.Jesus Christ changed my life. Hell is a place for unbelievers those who can’ enjoy the holy presence of God. I have seen many demon possessed people testifying that Jesus Christ is The Lord and true God, and tree is a punishment place(hell) for unconverted people and evil spirits.