Recently Stephen Hawking gave a presentation on Big Bang cosmology at the California Institute of Technology where he announced-among other things-that our universe didn’t need any divine help to burst into being.
I’d start out by saying I do respect Hawking as a Scientist and a person. Having said that i’m always leery about scientists who venture outside their specialized fields of expertise to draw conclusions that are outside of their sphere of understanding. Hawking is intelligent and that is not in question here. What I am questioning is the validity of using an empirical out look on the world and attempting to answer questions about God. Discussion’s about the validity of God’s existence are more conceptual in nature and not empirical which makes empirical arguments an exercise in “putting the cosmological cart before the horse.”
Tell me your thoughts.