Stephen Hawking: religious leaders dismiss ‘God not needed’ comments

The Archbishop of Canterbury has dismissed the conclusion by Stephen Hawking, the retired Cambridge scientist, that the Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to create the Universe.

In his latest book, The Grand Design, Prof Hawking claimed that no divine force was needed to explain why the Universe was formed.

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing,” he wrote.

“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”

But in an extract of an article in Eureka magazine, which is published in The Times, a series of a religious leaders fight back against the claims.

By the way, while his leap of faith may sell some books, Mr. Hawking fails to answer an important question: “Who created the law of gravity?



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