Seventy Years and Counting – Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking

Unquestionably one of the greatest mathematical minds of our time, Stephen Hawking has defied the odds and continues to function mentally even while his body is practically useless.

Like many in the scientific community, Hawking is an atheist. In his early book, A Brief History of Time, he spoke metaphysically of the Almighty: “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we should know the mind of God.”

Since then, however, he has either altered his views or simply ceased being as politic.

More recently he has said, “The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can’t understand, or was it determined by a law of science? I believe the second. Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing.”

This seems to imply that there were working rules in place before the universe actually began. He thinks “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.”

Most religious people would say that Hawking simply chooses to ignore the vast implications of God in our daily lives or the miracles spoken of in the Bible. But, like most those with a scientific bent, the Bible and all those miracles of God’s intervention are no more than myths. Hawking believes there is no heaven and no afterlife, calling it a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

But Hawking can see the world only through one lens – the scientific one – and may not even know there are two sides to this coin. Not all scientists are atheistic and many can see the other side as well. It is not so hard to do, especially when you come to realize that there are at least two ways to view the universe.

Hawking contrasted religion and science recently by saying one is based on authority (religion) and one is based on observation and reason (science). To learn a bit how authority governs science, I direct you to Stargazers and Gravediggers by Immanuel Velikovsky. To learn a bit how observation and reason governs religion, check out Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas.

I may not agree with everything in the two volumes I just mentioned but I mention them only to show that Stephen’s defense of science’s freedom and the dismissal of religion’s authoritarianism is nothing but one view of the situation. I am sure there are more than I have mentioned as well.

Also, it should be noted that though Hawking seems to think God is somehow under the direct control of religion, such would actually be far wide of the mark. The last time I checked, religions were instituted by Man, and not by any Divine action, regardless of what claims stand to the contrary within certain religious institutions.

Still, Hawking’s achievements are monumental to our understanding of the universe and – regardless of the view or interpretation derived wherefrom – I believe all understanding is good for all our futures.

And Stephen Hawking stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the greats in the scientific world: Copernicus, Newton, Galileo, Pythagoras… even though each of the latter were using science and math to prove the existence and plan of the Almighty, we can benefit from all of their contributions.

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One Response to “Seventy Years and Counting – Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking”

  1. Blue Line Says:

    intersting article thank u soo much , keep writing plz , be blessed

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