This was originally published on Off The Main Page on April 10, 2017.
The renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, has an interesting explanation on why he is an atheist:
“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.”
Many people ask, “What existed before the Big Bang happened?” Hawking says:
“When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in. It’s like asking directions to the edge of the earth; The Earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge; so looking for it is a futile exercise… it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god.”
In his book, The Grand Design, he says:
“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 set the universe going.”
Note: Touch paper is paper with chemicals used as fuses for explosives.
Hawking is a very smart man, and I find his explanation of the universe interesting.