Why Stephen Hawking Actually Believes In God

Stephen Hawking, smarter and wiser than many of his colleagues, admits the obvious - that the probability of our universe supporting life is infinitesimally small.  His anything-but-God workaround is simply to propose a near infinite number of universes to solve the problem - if the probability of biological life coming into existence in our universe via purely natural mechanisms is next to nil (which it is) than throw a few septillion parallel universes into the mix and eventually one or two might generate life.  Out of those literally countless universes we just happen to be lucky enough to have been born into the right universe.  Of course there is a much simpler explanation: God.  There is no simpler explanation than a self-existent and all-powerful God.  Occam's Razor in action.

Hawking also proposes in The Grand Design that laws such as the laws of gravity are evidence that something can come from nothing, yet he is disingenuous to his readers at best, because his "nothing" is definitely not what most of us think of when we think of "nothing".  His "nothing" is the spontaneous generation of different universes within an all-encompassing multiverse.

Suppose for a moment that Hawking's "multiverse" hypothesis is correct.  Popular superstring theories posit at least 11 total dimensions.  Choose 11 dimensions or 26 dimensions, the number doesn't matter for this exercise.  What your are proposing is a finite number of dimensions.  You are also proposing, much to the layman's surprise, that there is a single all-encompassing dimension (the 11th dimension in M-Theory).  Oddly enough, two or three of the necessary attributes of this "all-encompassing dimension" are that it is: 1. eternal and outside time, 2. omnipresent within and around the lesser dimensions, and 3. self-existent.  The theory also infers that the highest dimension has: 1. an infinite, unlimited source of power and energy to create lesser universes (what the religious would call omnipotence), and 2. an infinite, unlimited source of knowledge and information potential to explain the information contained in each universe (what the theologian might call omniscience).

In effect, what Hawking and a number of other theoretical physicists have done is simply abstract God's personality by referring to Him as the "multiverse".  Its attributes are not really any different from God's.  What Hawking has also done is revealed his hand - even the "great" philosopher and theoretical physicist, the world-renowned Stephen Hawking, cannot escape the fact that a self-existent something must exist that is infinite, eternal, transcendent, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  Hawking is no different than Aristotle, recognizing the logical and absolute necessity of believing in the unmoved mover lest you inevitably believe in the only two alternatives, both illogical: 1. existence stemming from true nothingness, or 2. an eternal procession without origin (such as Mormonism teaches in regards to an infinite string of gods begetting gods or Oscillating Universe Theory proposes).  Hawking does believe in God, but like the Greeks that Paul preached to in Athens, simply doesn't call Him by His name:

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. - Acts 17:23

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