Stephen Hawking says God had nothing to do with creating the universe and that the “laws of science” explain how the universe created itself from nothing.
He says he has no problem with the idea that the universe just popped into being from nothingness.
In the premiere episode of the Discovery Channel’s new science series “Curiosity,” which debuts Sunday evening, the theoretical physicist, author and professor tackles the question “Is There a Creator?”
Hawking, who has declared there is no heaven, is considered an expert on topics such as time travel, parallel universes and black holes. He says that God was not necessary for the creation of the universe — and in fact, proposes that the universe created itself out of nothing.
“Because these is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” Hawking wrote in his book, The Grand Design.
During the TV episode, Hawking talks about experiments in which sub-atomic particles have been observed to appear from nowhere. He feels this is proof that the universe is self-creating, as the Big Bang started out as a particle smaller than an atom.