Stephen Hawking’s Accidental Apologetic
Science, Faith, and the Search for Truth
by Bill Brown
[Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part article discussing Stephen Hawking, Scientism, and Christian Faith. If you missed that one, click here to read it.]
Hawking and the Big Three
The acknowledged top three physicists in history are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and James Clerk Maxwell. Soon, Hawking could be added as a fourth.
Newton (1643-1727), the greatest scientist of all time, considered his primary role in life as a servant of God. He wrote more about the Bible and religion than science.
Maxwell (1831-79), called “the man who changed everything,” laid the foundation for twentieth-century discoveries in physics. His work brilliantly demonstrated that light, electricity, and magnetism were manifestations of the same force. His Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge was the world’s premier physics laboratory for over 50 years. A sign above the entrance declared, “Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them (Psalm 111:2);” a bold declaration of Maxwell’s Christian faith.
Einstein was more indebted to the genius and work of Maxwell than anyone else. He claimed he stood on the shoulders of Maxwell, not Newton, in the development of his understanding of the universe. Einstein was nuanced in his faith, he wrote…