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 Carl Blue

    I read a Brief History of Time some years ago, and he was right when he said that considering the size of the universe and how small we are comparatively speaking, to believe God made all this with us in mind is not easy to believe. Of course we were never promised that believing would be easy. Indeed, it understanding everything may not even be in the cards for us. But we must be careful how we judge each other, especially unbelievers. One of Mr. Hawking’s predicessors, Gallilo was threatened with torture and put under house arrest. We should all be thankful that option is no longer available. Often the scornful of religion are really yearning for God’s love and help. We should all pray for that for each other as well as the unbelievers.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Allandnone

    I only have one question and an opinion: Are we sure we understand Dr. Hawking’s definition of HEAVEN? In my opinion, all we have is NOW!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dh

    Hawking may be one of the smartest persons on earth but his comment that God doesn’t exist and the universe was not created by a supreme being shows his lack of intelligence.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rluke

    Stephens claims there is no heaven but desires to know the mind of God. Then he should read/study his book and then listen.

  • http://kennybeal.com kenny beal

    This is an assine post. We all have a credible story to tell. Hawking, YOU, and me. We are all creations of God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nessie

    JR,
    Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, NO one comes unto the Father-God Almighty but by Him-Jesus Christ.” Outside of Christ there is no relationship with the true and living God. There is ONE GOD, ONE FAITH, ONE Baptism, ONE Christ, One heaven, One hell, One death, One life on earth, One choice. Jesus also said “choose ye this day whom you will serve, God or the world, can’t serve them both.” Instead asking us to compromise, we need to be extending the invitation of Salvation through Christ to Mr.Hawkings before he die and be eternally separate from his Maker-Jehovah God. I am talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cille

    Mr. Hawking do his math. God Loves You! No matter what, even if you’ve been corrected time and time again. So what! Explore the love of Jesus Christ. I’d be worry about the final judgment in Heaven. God is the greatest physicist to make such as person like you (Hawking). Bible believing folks, we must pray for Hawking so he too can reap the joy of Heaven. When it all ends (when Christ calls us to meet up with him), it doesn’t matter where you are, you still have to answer to God and only through Jesus Christ, because he is the door, the truth and light. Mr. Hawking, you better catch up, read your Bible, my favorite one is the King James Version. Heck you don’t even have to read it if you’re too busy, it’s on audio! And if we don’t hear a confession, “like he announces he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior.” Ignore him and move on. God will deal with him. It’s between him and God!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment d. allan gray

    Bishop Moore et al: Hawking has no history of the practice of anti-Semitism – which is more than can be said for many heaven-believing
    Christians (including Church prelates) down through the ages.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TERRY HARMON

    Now this man might be bright in some fields.But to say there is no heaven just how does he that for sure? I do not think this man knows what he is talking about. If there is no heaven I guess he is going to say there is no hell. Heaven is so real. This man is like some of people in this world that can predict when Jesus Christ is going to return to earth. This man should stick to what he knows and does best.If he should do that he will be better. I am very sure that are folks out there saying that this man is some what crazy. I wonder why he took up this idea that is no heaven or that he smarter than God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment g

    Article said : “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.”

    Well, if she was such a devout ‘Christian’ she would have stayed with him.

    Also, ‘Demonizing Hawking now ” His…scorn for religion’..is really low down. Sounds like the Pharisees when they said to the man Jesus healed: You were were altogether born in sin and you try to teach US the Law’?

    Sounds familiar? You are doing it!

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