I suspect me trying to introduce Stephen Hawking would be the equivalent of a university professor trying to convince students that the sky is blue…the man has well lasted past his estimated life span and has said many a thing on the fictions of religion and, specifically, the non-existence of any god. There are some of his works where he has used the term “god” as a metaphor…however, he explains this idea much better than I could ever hope to, so I will let the man’s words on atheism speak for him…
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
We could call order by the name of “God”, but it would be an impersonal god. There’s not much personal about the laws of physics.
All that my work has shown is that you don’t have to say that the way the universe began was the personal whim of God.
What I will mention is how funny it seems that Kirk Cameron, evangelist celebrity that he is, has become a rival to Hawking speaking out against the scientist’s theory that everything came from nothing claiming it is “unscientific”..
Kettle, meet pot…perhaps in layman’s terms theories are “unscientific”, but I would take Mr. Hawking’s theories any day over Mr. Cameron’s faith. Even though Cameron’s charismatic face will certainly get more microphone time, the credibility clearly is with Hawking.