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September 3rd, 2010
10:11 PM ET

Letter to the White House: My beef with Hawking

From CNN's Tom Foreman:

Dear Mr. President,

So I was reading this article about how the esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking says there is no God; about how everything that exists can be explained by science, and spontaneous creation; which, I guess, is like spontaneous combustion, only not so messy.

And once again I found myself thinking: How the heck would he know?

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science

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  1. God

    This really is a fascinating and amusing discussion, though I would like to end it here and now. I don't exist. I'm a figment of your imagination. If any of you 'god-nuts' respond to this post I'll end the universe immediately... Let me know how that turns out.

    -g

    September 4, 2010 at 9:29 am |
    • Enrique

      Thank you GOD

      aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 4, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  2. Naahmah Gordon

    For all who want to believe in the big bang theory,once again,NOTHING FROM NOTHING EQUALS NOTHING!!!! why don't you all get together and try to get the biggest bang you can muster up together and see if you all can come back with more than a big headache and loss of hearing...If any of you check out any of the big bangs currently going on in outer space,have you been able to come across another world like this one?Just give up the props to the creator,Almighty God and stop trying to fight it.weather we want to accept it or not,we need God,it's not being weak to acknowledge Him or His existence,we as humans would not want Him cut out of our lives,our world and though you may try to exclude Him and for some pretend He is not wanted or needed at the end of the day,He is the one common denominator that makes it all fit together and work!

    September 4, 2010 at 9:22 am |
    • 3DPhD

      Am-I- gay, your argument is based on an anthropormorphic concept of God and a limitation of religion. You can probably accept an ad campaign by Verizon to "rule the air" but vigorously fight against the innate divinity in air; sinusoidal waves, specta from ulta violents to infrared's. The majority of that which underwrites your life and mine is unseen, and that itoo is God. Also, if you've ever taken logic in your empirical life experience you would understand that God is real , in your argument, just by you having a discussion about IT. Even if your hypothesis is negative, you are still talking about something – which is God.

      September 4, 2010 at 9:46 am |
    • Cnote

      @ 3DPHD

      Thank you, Anselm....Just talking about something doesn't make it real. If I told you there were pink unicorns dancing on your roof, and you replied, "There are no pink unicorns dancing on my roof," does it make them real?

      you said "you would understand that God is real , in your argument, just by you having a discussion about IT."

      So.....hooray pink unicorns?

      September 4, 2010 at 11:18 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Cnote

      Yep, you are exactly right. Just because you can conceive a thing, does not make it so.

      Another good example would be god! LOL!

      Good reply, man! Cheers!

      September 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  3. Andrew

    It stuns me that in the year 2010, anyone can be so ignorant as to believe in the concept of a GOD. No wonder our world is so full of hatred and violence. For anybody foolish enough to believe in a fantasy will also be foolish enough to justify acts of hate.

    September 4, 2010 at 9:10 am |
    • amigay

      See, rational thought (yours) is what faith-based organizations have been afraid of for thousands of years. They exist because of a following of non-thinking sheep.

      September 4, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  4. Naahmah Gordon

    Before it all, there was and still is GOD!

    September 4, 2010 at 9:07 am |
    • amigay

      Which 'god' are you referring to?

      September 4, 2010 at 9:11 am |
    • Enrique

      and what was there before God????????

      September 4, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Naahmah Gordon

      You saidn, "Before it all, there was and still is GOD!"

      There are fairies living in my left shoe!

      Both of us are making extraordinary claims. Neither of us has any proof to back it up.

      Just because you write in caps, doesn't mean your point is any more valid.

      September 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  5. Andrew Garvey

    Honestly how may more generations have to be confined to a "god" box? sure spiritualism and having fatith are great, but come on we dont need a man draped in white robes sitting on a cloud somewhere to convince us to lead good and honest lives, that is something that everyone should know already this is the 21st century.

    September 4, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  6. Naahmah Gordon

    Kate, what happened?? Did you forget your brain in all that storming you just tried to do??For the rest of you out there,While Hawking did not say God does not exists,he said it was not nessacary to include Him.HE IS SOOOOOH WRONG!!! but for him to say that,intentional or not,he is leading one to exclude God.If you don't stand up for what is right you will fall for Anything,as I can see many of you are! just making an observation.Some just wanna sound off and that's your right but if you wanna come to the table bring real food!Science may hold a lot of the facts and ultimately weather you like it or not,it all leads back to GOD!!

    September 4, 2010 at 9:05 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Naahmah Gordon

      There is not god. Get over it.

      September 4, 2010 at 11:27 am |
    • Kate

      @Naahmah Gordon

      All I did was poke fun at CNN contributors complaining that they'd be out of a job if God is proven or if God is disproven to exist, and therefore they're going to whine in either event 😛

      Just sayin'

      September 5, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  7. amigay

    Was there religion before people?

    September 4, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  8. Naahmah Gordon

    But since this IS REALITY, you loose,God rules! probability may get you a search but it does not win the case! look around you,it's in your hand,the tangible proof that God does exists and we are more than just a big bang! look how intricately you and everything in this world was made,there is more than just a big bang behind us all!

    September 4, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  9. redeemerws

    The title is contradictory. Art implies an Artist, Design a Designer, Story an Author. Seems like same old rationalist argument present from "enlightenment" until now. See history of how culture strips meaning from everything in work & life in "Professionals: Men and Women Partnering with the Trinity in Everyday Life" now available at Amazon.

    September 4, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  10. Naahmah Gordon

    Give me a break! that is soooooh LAME! God DID NOT,I repeat,GOD DID NOT do this to Mr. Hawking!!!! God sends the rain on the just and the unjust! He wants us,yeah all of us to be in GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPER,EVEN AS OUR SOULS PROSPER! funny how you choose to blame this on God.If you read the scriptures you will see how satan twarts things to get you to turn away from the truth.I could give you a list of scriptures but there is not enough page or time so how bout you start with Genesis and make your way to Revelation.Not trying to be a smart ass here but just put aside your preconcived ideas and take a fresh look,you will be surprised with what you learn from a fresh perspective! Hawking has a great mind and he can allow God to be seen through it and give credit where credit is due because God and God alone gave him that mind weather he wants to give Him credit or not.

    September 4, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  11. Curiousgeorge

    In the absence of Reality, Probability rules.

    September 4, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  12. Naahmah Gordon

    Hey Knutsen, are you for real??? why is it so easy to believe any other book but the Bible? okay so you wish not to believe this one book but if you look back in history of any/every nation that has ever existed and follow their history,they have all come to or started with one common denominator and that is......drum rolll!!!.....THERE IS A GOD,AN EVIL ONE,HEAVEN AND HELL! since the dawn of time that has been at the core of every culture and what I cannot yet get to this day is why it is so important to eliminate God and the fact that He exists yet accept every other piece of rubbish thrown our way.Though us humans may go about things not always in the best manner,therefore escalating unnessacary wars etc. still does not disprove that there is a God! there is something inate in every human that seeks after God though we may call Him by different names and all and you can cross a line which most scientists tend to do in there search but no matter weather you or they want to brush it aside and pretend that it does not exist, IT DOES! HE DOES!

    September 4, 2010 at 8:15 am |
    • amigay

      The reason for religion and a 'god' is quite simple. We fallible humans must have someone or something to blame for bad luck and/or bad decisions so it's either "it's God's will" or "the devil made me do it." If it's good luck it's "praise God." We refuse to assume responsibility. I am no scientist but the "Big Bang" makes more sense to me than "He created the world in six days and rested on the seventh."

      September 4, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  13. Nick T

    If there was a god, how would he justify what he's done to Stephen Hawking?

    September 4, 2010 at 8:11 am |
    • ann

      You mean gave him intelligence? but not necessarily wisdom.

      September 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
  14. Naahmah Gordon

    You really want to know huh? Ask God when you leave this life and come face to face with him! Just cause He made things to perfection and we humans screw it up constantly should He take the blame! why don't we just take responsibility for our bad choices for once and stop trying to blame the Almighty and be ever so thankful that His mercies renew daily for us!

    September 4, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  15. Naahmah Gordon

    Okay! Why is it sooooh important for scientists to keep trying to disprove God? They have shoved evolution in our faces and have yet to prove that theory! Now Hawking decides that with his calculations and whatever else he used to come to his latest conclusion that we have no need to include God in all of this. Just because you my be smart in one way does not mean you are still not as dumb as a ..... well you can fill in the blank!!! Oh and was it not the scientists that said that nothing from nothing equals nothing? So in essence they contradict their own theory! There is a saying about one thinking themselves so wise they become fools! Hello Hawking and fellow scientists,that means you all!!! Frankly,I don't need Science to prove that God exists.Take one look around you and you have the answer.The intricate way this world and it's inhabitants was made speaks volumes on it's own of an awesome intelligent creator,God! how can you think yourself smart and not see that?

    September 4, 2010 at 7:51 am |
    • amigay

      Scientists don't try to disprove an existence of 'god', they just keep coming up with evidence that he/she doesn't exist.

      September 4, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  16. Paul

    Don't get excited – enjoy every living moment before we all vanish into nothing again. Think of all the live forms humans destroy and eat! God created all that for us? Don't be ridiculous – Hawking is simply being rational. There are explanations of life and how it originated that do not require a god, and where does god come from anyway.

    September 4, 2010 at 5:39 am |
  17. will knutsen

    How can anyone believe in an all-powerful creator of all things, and yet still believe this all-mighty thing has a dangerous rival that somehow seduced other creations ( us humans) of this god into leaving an immaterial existence for this material one we are on? But believing in ths illogic is precisely what causes religious paranoia that is causing the so-called holy wars of today. The logic is simple: If you believe in a devil that is seperating you from a god and eternal life, then anyone who disagrees with you must be the devil or must be working for this impossible creation. Therefore, does anyone really think that the three religions that believe in this illogic are ever going to make peace with eachother? Israeliis only claim to Palestine is "god said we could take it". Muslims say anyone not a Muslim is working for the devil...especially the Jews! And the Chrstians think the other two are destined to exterminate eahother in a weird, "final battle" between this so-called all powerful god and his self-created rival. I mean, really? Please do wake up folks!

    September 4, 2010 at 4:56 am |
  18. Truth Seeker

    Funny how religious types are always trying to prove their god's existence using scientific method. If the scientific method was able to prove god's existence, the religious nut jobs would be the first ones shouting it. Funny how a scientific study was done about the power of prayer, praying for a speedy recovery for cardiac surgery patients. It turned out that the patients who knew they were being prayed for took longer to recover. The other groups (the ones who did not know they were being prayed for and the group that was not being prayed for) recovered at the same rate.

    Maybe god doesn't like hearing all of the whining and "gimme this and gimme that" that is inherent in prayer.

    Note to all you who want to pray for me: Keep your prayers to yourself, the scientific study of prayer showed that they are useless at best and dangerous for your health at worst. Instead of wasting time praying, play with your children, help make someone's life better, teach yourself critical thinking skills.

    September 4, 2010 at 4:29 am |
  19. adrian fishypops

    Addendum: I was going to say "So get your facts straight", but then again, some of you don't need facts.

    September 4, 2010 at 4:13 am |
  20. adrian fishypops

    Sadly most of you are jumping to the wrong assertions without any knowledge of what you are saying;

    Hawking posits simply this: It did not require God to be present to start the universe.

    Period. This leaves those who want to believe in hocus pocus to continue to believe.

    September 4, 2010 at 4:11 am |
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