That’s a quote from his book, “A Brief History of Time”, and it’s led to him saying emphatically that God did not create the Universe. Well, it’s not much of a surprise, an atheist saying that!
What IS surprising is how ruling out a Creator has forced the Professor to adopt the stance that the only viable alternative is that of untold billions of parallel universes (for which there is no empirical evidence of course) – the multi-verse theory which is supposed to explain away the exquisite fine-tuning of our Universe so that life can abound on planet Earth. The complexity involved in this idea is mind-blowing and vastly eclipses the Genesis account with regard to imponderables.
I read a book by another atheist where he made a good attempt to explain the multi-verse theory, plus myriad other theories that are currently doing the scientific rounds. It remains to be seen which ones get blown out of the water (for they all cannot be right!) But this other author was reduced to admitting that:
“The superior beings who created our universe inhabited a universe not greatly unlike our own. They were not only intelligent but intelligible, and were perhaps similar to our distant descendants who might also create universes. How these superior beings created our universe and how their own was created now becomes comprehensible issues open to inquiry. The intelligence required to do the job may be superior to ours, but it is a finite intelligence reasonably similar to our own, not an infinite and incomprehensible God… The Universe is comprehensible to the human mind because it was designed, at least to some extent, by intelligent beings with minds similar to our own… There is no puzzle about the cosmic coincidences after all. The Universe was indeed set up to provide a home for life; but once the Universe got started, life evolved through a process of natural selection with no need for outside interference. It isn’t so much that Man was created in God’s image, but that the Universe was created in the image, more or less, of the universe of the Designers.”
My word! How the word ‘God’ sticks in the throat of some people! They want to credit unknown (and unknowable) intelligent designers in other universes, somewhere ‘out there’, but they will not credit an almighty God even with self-existence, let alone creation!
Well, let the Professor and Mr Gribbin get as close as they dare to invoking godless intelligence in the astounding fact of one planet in the universe having such diversity of life, Christians are not fooled. Stephen Hawking is only telling us that we all came from nothing, without nothing, by nothing. It is the ultimate string theory of nothingness. Christians believe that all human beings are made in the image of God – logikos – logical with the ability to reason and think, as well as feel. Let anyone who feels angry at such a biblical idea check out the link below (from which I obtained some of my comments).