Stephen Hawking’s New Book: God Belief and Science
It’s unusual for science to cross over to the mainstream but Stephen Hawking is one brilliant scientist and author who managed to make a science book into a bestseller. His work, “A Brief History of Time” sold in bucketfuls all over the world, eventually reaching sales figures of more than 9 million. Now the esteemed professor is set to try to do the same again with his new book, due out next week.
The book, entitled “Grand Design” is described by its publishers as “A controversial new theory on the origins of the universe, from the world’s most famous living scientist,” which hardly sounds like bed-time reading but no doubt anybody who is anybody will be claiming to have it. Richard Lea over on the Guardian though makes a good point of asking how many people who bought “A Brief History of Time” actually read the book.
Lea also questions quite how it is that a professor of maths manages to sell science books on such a grand scale and believes the inclusion of God is the thing that swings it. If you cast your mind back to “Brief History” about the theory of relativity, the Big Bang and black holes, the notable variation from other science books was that Hawking doesn’t rule out God, as most other scientists and scientific books do. Lea reminds us that at the end of “A Brief History of Time” Hawking said, “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of reason – for then we should know the mind of God.”
Somewhat controversially though this belief in God doesn’t equate with believing that the universe was created by God as many who believe in God might say, which is causing a media storm. The new book looks into the ‘grand design’ of the universe and asks if it was a benevolent creator that set thing in motion, or if in fact it can all be explained with science. Now he makes the statement, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing … It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”
For more on this go to guardian.co.uk. How do you feel about Hawking’s latest theory? Do you feel it’s possible to believe in God and yet not believe that God created the universe and that it can all be explained with science? Please send in your comments below as we’re really interested to hear where you stand on this and encourage as many views as possible.
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