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Did Hawking Prove God's Existence?

An interesting read at Pajamas Media on what Hawking had to ignore:

In 1966, Stephen Hawking published his first — completely valid — proof for the existence of God. Over the next seven years, he followed this with even more powerful valid theorems proving God’s existence.

So how did Hawking, who successfully proved God’s existence, remain an atheist? Simple. He simply denied that the assumptions he used in his proofs were true. As a matter of logic, if the assumptions in a proof are not true, then the conclusions need not be true. What assumptions did the young Hawking make? He assumed that the laws of physics, mainly Einstein’s theory of gravity, were true. In the summary of his early research, namely his book The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, Hawking wrote:

It seems to be a good principle that the prediction of [God] by a physical theory indicates that the theory has broken down, i.e. it no longer provides a correct description of observations.

Hawking then began working on quantum gravity, in hopes that God would be at last eliminated from the equations. Alas, it was not to be: God was even more prominent — and unavoidable — in quantum gravity than in Einstein’s theory of gravity.
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1 comments:

Sherman Unkefer said...

Great article and discussion afterward - this is a hot button issue simply because Hawking is so respected. However, his arguments fall flat when using his own measures to disprove God or the "singularity." My concern is the coverage this got and the momentum this will fuel in our universities. Are we doing enough to adequately equip our young minds when they enter the collegiate arena?


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