On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars


So, Stephen Hawking doesn’t expect to go to heaven?

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Stephen Hawking, perhaps one of the world’s smartest living humans, has overstepped his field of expertise.

He’s the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time. He predicted that black holes should emit what today is regarded as “Hawking radiation.” His scientific accomplishments have included explaining the complexities of gravitational singularities within the framework of general relativity. He is pursuing a goal that evaded Albert Einstein – a unified theory, the “Theory of Everything.”

Now, Hawking has told England’s Guardian newspaper that “there is no heaven.” He makes the claim in the May 15, 2011 edition.

It is worth noting that Hawking has some deep biases on this subject. And let us not forget that Hawking’s been wrong before.

Stanford University physicist Leonard Susskind not so long ago disproved Hawking’s adamant contention that, when black holes disappear, they take along with them all information that ever existed inside them. On July 22, 2004, Hawking had to concede to hundreds of colleagues at the 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation in Dublin that Susskind was right.

And then there is Hawking’s embrace of string theory – certainly not accepted by everyone in his field.

Stephen Hawking

Nor should Hawking be taken so seriously on topics he knows nothing about, writes John Horgan in Scientific American magazine. He says Hawking is less a scientist and more a “cosmic, comic performance artist, who loves goofing on his fellow physicists and the rest of us.”

Horgan recalls how in 1980, the University of Cambridge named Hawking as the “Lucasian Professor of Mathematics,” an honor held three centuries earlier by Sir Isaac Newton.

“Many would have been cowed into caution by such an honor,” writes Horgan.

Not Hawking, who “slyly suggested that, given the ‘rapid rate of development’ of computers, they might soon become so smart that they ‘take over altogether’ in physics.

“So maybe the end is in sight for theoretical physicists,” Hawking said.

“This line was clearly intended as a poke in his colleagues’ ribs,” writes Horgan. Wouldn’t it be ironic if our mindless machines usurped our place as discoverers of Cosmic Truth? Hilarious!

“The famous last line of Hawking’s monumental bestseller A Brief History of Time was also a joke,” writes Horgan, “although many people didn’t get it at the time.

“’A final theory of physics,’ Hawking declared, ‘would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God.’”

Hawking was pulling our leg, says Horgan. Deep inside the book, “Hawking showed his true colors,” as he discussed his dream of a unified theory.

“What place, then, for a creator?” Hawking asked. There is no place, he replied, “a final theory would eliminate the need for a God, a creator, a designer.”

Hawking and his first wife, Jane

“Hawking’s first wife, a devout Christian, knew what he was up to,” writes Horgan. “After she and Hawking divorced in the early 1990s, she revealed that one of the reasons was his scorn for religion.”

So, Hawking has now taken up theology – although he has no credentials in the subject, but instead biases so deep that they undermined his marriage.

Hawking made this week’s controversial comments apparently to promote the upcoming Google Zeitgeist meeting in London, where he will address the question: “Why are we here?” Again, he has no professional standing in the subject – just a deep bias and a predictable thesis.

In April, Pope Benedict XIV warned the faithful of the folly of thinking that technology could replace the Almighty. For this, the Pontiff was roundly criticized by those who said he should stick to religion.

It works both ways.

Stephen Hawking needs to stick to math and leave matters of faith to those who have the insight he sorely lacks, that personal experience of a loving, guiding, providing, protecting God.  

So, there is no heaven? Well … maybe not for you, Stephen.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Domrep7

    He’ll know for sure that there is a real heaven, but hopefully not too late!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rebecca

    First, why would his belief or disbelief in God or heaven matter to any of us? He is only a scientist, not a seer or sage. Belief or disbelief is a matter of the heart and the Being that works in one’s heart.
    Second, none of us knows what (or where) the afterlife will be, and Hawking’s brain has not given him an edge on this. Belief in God includes the belief that God is able to create a heaven out of the reach of Hawking’s scope and imagination.
    Third, scientists constantly overstep the limited range of their subjects. If scientists cannot see or touch something, they believe it does not exist. SO WHY WOULD WE EVEN LISTEN TO HAWKING WHEN HE MAKES CONCLUSIONS OUTSIDE HIS EXPERTISE?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    I can not and will not turn from Jesus Chirst God above it is not in me this Man is lost untell He is found He is lost all my life I tryed to understand God but with out Jesus I can’t but with Jesus Chirst I can understand it all thru Him just as He said and I’ll look forward to Him if it take forever He has carry me to far He has dryed my eyes to many times and He has healed me to offen to turn back now I know on other way.!

  • http://www.lancelawshe.com Lance

    Stephen Hawking, could become then next great man for God. Like Paul, sometimes you have to be knocked off your high horse. You never know who God has in mind to use. He could speak to Stephen today and persuade him to follow Christ. That is what I will be praying for.

  • http://en.hilarion.orthodoxia.org/11_10 Shirlo

    “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe”. That is how the apostle Thomas answered the Saviour’s disciples when they told him that they saw the risen Lord (Jn. 20:25).

    “Unless I see I will not believe”. This is how people who demand from us logical, tangible proof of the Christian faith often answer us, the faithful. But there are not and cannot be such proof, for the Christian faith is beyond the grasp of rational thought, being super-rational. Nothing in the Christian faith, be it the existence of God, the resurrection of Christ or other truths, can be proven logically: one can only accept them or reject them on the basis of faith.

    “No one has seen God at any time”, writes John the Evangelist (Jn. 1:18). Nobody has ever proved the existence of God. And nobody has ever born witness to the resurrection of Christ in such a way that it might become an obvious fact for all of mankind. Nevertheless, regardless of the seeming lack of proofs of the Christian faith, millions of people came, still come and will come to Christ; they believed, believe and will believe in His resurrection; they accepted, accept and will accept the existence of God. Why? Because they encountered God in their lives, and no additional proofs were necessary for them.

    quote: Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev—Born in 1966, Hilarion Alfeyev received his initial education in music, studying violin, piano and composition, at the Moscow Gnessins School and the Moscow State Conservatory. After military service from 1984-86, he entered, in January 1987, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he was tonsured a monk on 19 June, ordained deacon on 21 June and ordained priest on 19 August the same year. In 1989 he graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary and in 1991 from the Moscow Theological Academy. From 1991 to 1993 he taught Homiletics, Dogmatic Theology, New Testament Studies and Byzantine Greek at the Moscow Theological Schools. In 1995 he completed his doctoral thesis on ‘St Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition’ at Oxford University, Great Britain, under the supervision of Bishop Kallistos Ware. From 1995 to 2001 he served as Secretary for Inter-Christian Affairs of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. On 27 December 2001 he was elected Bishop, and on 14 January 2002 consecrated by His Holiness Alexy II, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, and 10 other bishops. He served as an Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh in Great Britain until his nomination, on 17 July 2002, as Head of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions. On 7 May 2003 he was appointed Bishop of Vienna and Austria, as well as temporary administrator of the Diocese of Budapest and Hungary, in addition to his position as the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels. On 31 March 2009 he was appointed Bishop of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations. On 20 April 2009 he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop. Metropolitan Hilarion is the author of more than 300 publications, including numerous books in Russian, English, French, Italian, German and Finnish. Apart from his doctoral degree in philosophy from Oxford, he also holds a doctorate in theology from St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bishop J. Dennis Moore

    Stephen Hawking is a class A. number one Dingbat and no he is not a smart man any body that will go as far to say that there is no heaven
    is not smart. I wonder if he belives there is no hell. Heaven is the first thing that GOD created GENESIS: One &. One In the beginning GOD
    created the heaven and the Earth. First heaven and then the Earth.His
    theories of how he thinks the world got hear is not that of a smart scentist its that of a DUNB cluck. So lets pray for him so that he might get saved and that he wont wake up in hell one day ad miss heaven all to gether. Bishop. &. D.R. J. Dennis Moore.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rare Jewel of Christ

    Jesus said that if you deny me before man, I will deny you before my father. I sincerely hope Mr. Hawkins seek the Lord and repent before it is too late. The signs of Jesus return are ever before us and nearer than we think.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Linda Rhiner

    While I am not a fan of organized religion, where stupid sheep follow a human preacher blindly and give all their money to some church so that the leaders and drive fancy cars and have mansions off the poor people’s hard earned money in the offering plates, I am also not stupid enough to believe that the Universe in which we live, was created by accident. I only have to look around to see that too many things work in perfect harmony and are designed too precisely to be done by anything other than a higher intelligence. I don’t blindly follow the higher intelligence either, I have done my homework and have come to my conclusions intelligently as well, I believe. I hope for his sake, Mr. Hawking will find peace in his life, because I don’t think he has as of yet. I think he is bitter about his physical situation and blames God. If so then he believes, because you can’t be mad at someone you don’t believe in!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Scottie Mom

    How sad and sorry. I know for certain God loves us and there is an after life. Steven Hawking needs to stop trying to prove there is no God using Science. He is ridiculous. Someday he will know the truth, one way or the other.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jean

    Well Mr Hawkings – the Holy Bible says that there are many heavens – lets just pray that one of them has your name on their registry

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