God Isn’t Necessary, According to Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking states in his book “The Grand Design” that, given the existence of gravity, “the universe can and will create itself from nothing.”
“Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” he writes in the excerpt published Thursday in The Times of London.
According to a CNN World article, Hawking introduces the idea of multiple universes, saying that if there are many universes, one will have laws of physics like ours — and in such a universe, something not only can, but must, arise from nothing.
Therefore, he concludes, there’s no need for God to explain it.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain, writing for the Times, said that Professor Hawking’s conclusion that scientific developments exclude the possibility of a God was an “elementary fallacy” of logic.
Lord Sacks sums it up for me. While I acknowledge Mr. Hawking’s brilliance in almost everything, somehow I just cannot get my arms around something from nothing. The statement, something from nothing, or “spontaneous creation,” sounds like the ultimate mouthing of an existential Liberal Democrat.
The late author Robert A. Heinlein coined a statement in “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” that has guided me since childhood: “There aint no such thing as a free lunch”
So to you Mr. Hawking, I say “TANSTAAFL.”