This article had my hopping mad because i kept thinking to myself, “Mr Hawking, really, you’re so close yet so far!”
Really God has in His infinite wisdom really chosen to hide his magnificence from your ‘wisdom’.
The part that had my so frustrated was that Mr Hawking goes on to write about how everything that permits life to exist on our planet is only possible by a razor thin margin.
For example he writes:
By examining the model universes we generate when the theories of physics are altered in certain ways, one can study the effect of changes to physical law in a methodical manner. Such calculations show that a change of as little as 0.5% in the strength of the strong nuclear force, or 4% in the electric force, would destroy either nearly all carbon or all oxygen in every star, and hence the possibility of life as we know it. Also, most of the fundamental constants appearing in our theories appear fine-tuned in the sense that if they were altered by only modest amounts, the universe would be qualitatively different, and in many cases unsuitable for the development of life. For example, if protons were 0.2% heavier, they would decay into neutrons, destabilizing atoms.
Isn’t that strong enough evidence that there is a master designer behind the design of the universe? Otherwise how else could there be so many exact conditions fulfilled to allow for life to flourish on this earth?
but no, he concludes otherwise:
Many people would like us to use these coincidences as evidence of the work of God. The idea that the universe was designed to accommodate mankind appears in theologies and mythologies dating from thousands of years ago. In Western culture the Old Testament contains the idea of providential design, but the traditional Christian viewpoint was also greatly influenced by Aristotle, who believed “in an intelligent natural world that functions according to some deliberate design.”
That is not the answer of modern science. As recent advances in cosmology suggest, the laws of gravity and quantum theory allow universes to appear spontaneously from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.
I weep for you Mr Hawking. You’re so close yet so far.
There has to be a maker! Something from nothing and that spontaneous creation of something being able to miraculously hit the right number of combinations and permutations of exactly what’s necessary to sustain life? That’s hard to swallow.
Maybe i’m easily satisfied but really, wouldn’t it be easier to just simply acknowledge that there is a divine maker behind it all?
I dunno, i’m not a world reknown physicist, but it sure makes sense to me.