Friday, September 3, 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury has led a religious backlash after Britain’s most famous scientist declared God redundant.
Dr Rowan Williams dismissed Professor Stephen Hawking’s findings that modern physics leaves no room for a Creator and science could explain the origins of the universe.
In The Grand Design, the best-selling author concludes: ‘Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.
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‘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 touchpaper and set the universe going.’
But Dr Williams said: ‘Belief in God is not about plugging a gap in explaining how one thing relates to another within the Universe.’
He told The Times: ‘It is the belief that there is an intelligent, living agent on whose activity everything ultimately depends for its existence. Physics on its own will not settle the question of why there is something rather than nothing.’
This article was posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 at 3:02 am