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‘Spontaneous creation’, Stephen Hawking and God

Question 166 from Stella, United Kingdom

How would Christians respond to Stephen Hawking’s comments about creation being “Godless”.

Professor Stephen Hawking is well-known as a cosmologist and author, and his most recent book, The Grand Design, has been widely quoted following serialisation in The Times newspaper. In excerpts repeated across the media, Professor Hawking has been quoted as stating:

“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”