Stephen Hawking’s Final Salvo Against God
by Nancy Pearcey
Steven Hawking belongs to that breed of atheist who builds his reputation in a narrow specialty, then uses his fame as a platform to pronounce on other pressing questions where he has no particular expertise – like questions about God.
Hawking’s final book “Brief Answers to Big Questions” was published posthumously with material pulled from interviews, essays, speeches, and questions often asked of the famous physicist.
Many news reports focused on the most important of the Big Questions: Is there a God? Hawking’s Brief Answer: No. “I think the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science.” After all, he argues, “If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn’t take long to ask: What role is there for God?”
Is Hawking right that scientific laws rule out any role for God? Despite being a brilliant physicist, he seemed unaware that his objection has already been answered—most famously by the popular literature professor C.S. Lewis, himself a former atheist, who taught at both Oxford and Cambridge University.
In his book “Miracles,” Lewis concedes that, at first glance, the regularity of nature does seem to rule out the possibility that God is able to act into the world…