God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.
Hawking says in his book "The Grand Design" that, given the existence of gravity, "the universe can and will create itself from nothing," according to an excerpt published Thursday in The Times of London.
"Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," he writes in the excerpt.
"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going," he writes.
...if there are untold numbers of planets in the galaxy, it's less remarkable that there's one with conditions for human life.
...Therefore, he concludes, there's no need for God to explain it.
...I'll grant that when a religious trajectory becomes a religious system, then it also tends to become conservative in the interest of self-maintenance. But religious trajectories are not inherently conservative, and indeed the religious impulse can be highly creative, particularly when persons are provisioned with a novel Mythos — like our scientific understandings of nature — to explore for its religious implications.