Stephen Hawking Says "There Is No God" In Final Book

Olive Hawkins
October 19, 2018

In Stephen Hawking's final book "Brief Answers to Big Questions", published Tuesday (Oct. 16) by Bantam Books, the professor begins a series of 10 intergalactic essays by addressing life's oldest and most religiously fraught question of all: Is there a God? As a scientist with a near-religious devotion to understanding the cosmos, Hawking sought to "know the mind of God" by learning everything he could about the self-sufficient universe around us. "No one directs the universe", he wrote.

The book completed by Stephen Hawking's family and colleagues seven months after his death, provides answers to the questions that the famed physicist said he had been asked most often in his lifetime.

He dropped some big bombshells about extraterrestrial life, artificial intelligence, time travel, and his stance on God. "I think", he says, "that the universe was created spontaneously from scratch, according to the laws of science". "For me this means that there is no possibility of a creator, because there is no time for a creator to have existed in".

While Hawking spoke of his lack of belief in God during his life, several of his other answers are more surprising.

They include the question "is time travel possible" - which the scientist said "can't be ruled out".

"There are forms of intelligent life out there..."

In the final chapter of his book, the renowned scientist offered one last bit of advice in answering the question "How do we shape the future?". "How good is the track record of the human race in using advances in technology for the good of ordinary people?"

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"We are free to believe what we want, and it's my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God", he said according to the Telegraph.

His greatest concern, his daughter said, "is how divided we've become", adding: "He makes this comment about how we seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves".

Hawking believed that the Earth won't be able to survive much longer and humans must make it a mission to find other planets to live on before the planet we've been calling home is destroyed.

Acknowledging that science had yet to overcome major challenges for the world - including climate change, overpopulation, species extinction, deforestation and the degradation of the oceans - the physicist still urged young people "to look up at the stars and not down at your feet".

Many categorically referred to Hawking's words as scientifically unproven, claiming this is no more than a supposition, an individual point of view.

Hawking's final message to readers, though, is a hopeful one.

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