The Stephen Hawking Bible

I wouldn’t want to read Stephen Hawking’s bible, if he had one. The Guardian published an article on Sunday (opportune time really) on Stephen Hawking’s latest statement that dismissed any idea of heaven.

This has been a by product of a recent book that was published by Hawking entitled “The Grand Design” – an interesting title to name his book to say the least. Within his book, released in 2010, amongst his many points (which of course are quite over my head) he makes these distinctives:

1.  God was not needed for the creation of the Universe
2.  Miracles do not happen and there is no active role for God
3.  Man has no free will.  Free will is an illusion.

Within his recent interview, he has now described heaven in this way:

I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. 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.

It has been noted that in the past, Stephen Hawking was open to the idea of God, but as his motor neurone disease has worsened over the years, Hawking has increasingly become more hostile to any mention of God and spiritual things. Hawking’s stance on religion has hardened significantly in the nearly quarter century since the publication of his seminal work on the cosmos. In “A Brief History of Time” he suggested that the idea of a divine being was not necessarily incompatible with a scientific understanding of the Universe.

Like I said, I wouldn’t want to read Hawking’s bible.

Hawking is always harping on about how he wants to do things in this life before it’s all over. He’s always banging the drum about how we are just a matter of chance. He’s always blowing the trumpet of ‘eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die’. Who would want to buy into that crap?

Personally, I think Hawking is angry at God for his illness. He has it hard – definitely. And increasingly so… which would cause some to ask “Isn’t it any wonder that Hawking has thrown the towel in with God?”

But the thing is is that God has blessed him with such an amazing mind; a mind to be used to God’s glory; to work out wonders of the universe. To see the complexity of God’s creation.

But the man’s heart has been hardened by the cruel, cruel nature of the world; a crippling disease which has been looming over him since the age of 21. There just seems to be no hope ultimately. Just life on earth then nothing.

And Hawking wants us to share with him on this hopelessness too. Let’s conquer the world before it’s too late! Let’s do things! …

But for what? What’s the point? Without God, there isn’t much to live for. If you don’t agree with me, then that’s fine… but what is the climax of life for you? What is the end point?

Stephen Hawking is missing out on an amazing God who loves to give; and has shown that quality in giving Stephen Hawking a brilliant mind; an incredible thing for such a poorly man. And God wants to give him more; everlasting life and a new body which isn’t corrupt and perishable.

But the Bible of Hawking Hoplessness reigns. And it seems to be Hawking, Dawkins and a few others who are blind leading the blind in terms of faith.

 

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • nan and taid

    Hi Buddy,very good article.if your exam is half as well thought out you have nothing to worry about.All the best for tomorrow,we will be praying for you.xxx

    • Well hello there grandparents! Lovely to see some relatives on here 🙂

      Hope you’re well. Will ring you later or tomorrow!

  • jay

    Wow, I was nodding me head agreeing with what you said bout hawkins giving up on God and every thing, this is really good 😀 gd luck with your exams tomorrow ,God be with you 🙂

    • Hey Jay 🙂 Thanks for the comment, and encouragement!!

      Exam is at 1pm tomorrow UK time – prayers appreciated! Please continue to look at the blog and comment 🙂 it’s always lovely to get comments, good or bad, in agreement or disagreement!

      God bless 🙂

  • jay

    Ahh great and ama spread the word bout your blog I’ve got a lot of friends dat would be interested In reading ur great articles , keep up the good work and don’t worry your defo in my prayers tonight for your exam tomorrow 😀

    • Thanks Jay, thats really really kind of you!

      If you have any suggestions or ideas, or things you want me to blog on then let me know! Would love your friends to give me their input too 🙂

  • jay

    Great , would make sure I let you know 🙂

    • Thanks Jay 🙂

  • Dan

    Claiming that Hawking’s illness is the reason for his disbelief in God is both an ad hominem(a logical fallacy) and completely dishonest. He doesn’t belief in God because in his opinion the evidence doesn’t point there. Deal with it (no offence implied) .

    • Dan, thanks for the comment. If you read the article you will see that I don’t argue that his disbelief is a product of his illness. I merely say that he is angry at God because of his illness.

      This presents a very different story.

  • Eva

    Glad you posted this Dean! I may not identify as Christian but your post absolutely strikes closer to my heart than anything Hawking could ever say.
    Have you seen this mini-documentary?
    http://totheinfinite.blogspot.com/2011/05/god-within-mini-documentary.html
    It touches on a lot of the ideas in Hawkings new books and does a great job at showing how, well, scary they are.
    I think you’d like it!

    • Eva, thanks for your kind words and the heads up on this – I’ll definitely have a look!!

      Please keep interacting, I always value opinions even if I don’t agree wit them! Hope you’re well 🙂

  • Eva

    Thanks Dean, will do! The most important thing to me is that your posts are intelligent and well-written 🙂 After that I can value different opinions as well! Thanks! Hope you’re well too!

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  • Ray Dobson

    Hawking is always harping on about how he wants to do things in this life before it’s all over. He’s always banging the drum about how we are just a matter of chance. He’s always blowing the trumpet of ‘eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die’. Who would want to buy into that crap? Personally, I think Hawking is angry at God for his illness.

    It sounds like you are very angry at Hawking for denying your god, and projecting your anger onto him. You may not have meant to imply that his atheism is the result of brain damage but it is still an ad hominem attack as Dan said.