The fun never ends. Klinghoffer just posted this at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: John Lennox: The Irony of Stephen Hawking’s Atheism. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Following the passing of Stephen Hawking, Oxford mathematician John Lennox spoke with Ben Halbrooks of the Fixed Point Foundation [whatever that is]. Lennox notes an interesting irony in Stephen Hawking’s atheism, which Hawking argued for at length in his book The Grand Design.
John Lennox isn’t officially a Discoveroid, but he participates in many of their revival meetings. Klinghoffer says:
Lennox and Hawking, we’re reminded, were born into a world where it was thought that the universe was eternal. That was the established science of the day. Hawking’s own work contributed to confirming that the consensus was wrong, that the universe has a beginning. For Lennox, that fit well with his own religious beliefs.
Actually, what’s known as the Big Bang theory was fairly well established by the time those two were born, but it wasn’t observationally confirmed until the discovery in 1964 of the Cosmic microwave background. We’re not surprised that what he imagines to be a moment of creation fits with Lennox’s religious beliefs. After that, Klinghoffer tells us:
For Hawking, it was a problem. It bothered him and he tried to solve it in The Grand Design. Lennox comments:
[Klinghoffer quotes Lennox:] As for the universe creating itself from nothing, it worries me that here is Hawking claiming that he solved the problem that his own science partly created. You see, he was involved in getting to the point where there was, informally speaking, a beginning to space-time. And so there was nothing, whatever it means, before that. And so we have a universe from nothing. And so that result in mathematical physics leads to the question, How do you get a universe from nothing? And he’s trying to solve it in this book and he fails because he doesn’t get a universe from nothing at all, because what he calls nothing isn’t nothing; it’s a quantum vacuum or something else.
Here’s the Amazon listing for Hawking’s book: The Grand Design. It requires no defense from us. Klinghoffer continues:
A universe from nothing, for materialists, may be the single largest problem, among a variety of others.
*Groan* Creationists often say that, but no actual scientist says the universe sprang from literally nothing. There was the Singularity which began to expand, but its origin is unknown. There are still those who think it could have been the result of the collapse of an earlier universe. Anyway, let’s read on:
Lennox observes that it takes not a jot away from the rest of Hawking’s great achievements in applied mathematics to say that when it came to this difficulty, he was unable to overcome it. After all, no one else seems to be able to do so, either.
Except for the Discoveroids, who somehow know that the universe is the creation of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! This is the end of Klinghoffer’s post:
Good interview. Lennox considers Hawking’s attempt at philosophy and theology in his own book, God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? [link omitted]
So who ya’ gonna believe, dear reader — Lennox or Hawking? Your decision will affect you for the rest of eternity.
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