Daily Mail 
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The universe was not created by God, scientist Stephen Hawking has said in his new book.
Professor Hawking believes the laws of physics were behind the Big Bang instead, in a challenge to traditional religious beliefs.
In The Grand Design, extracts of which were printed today, Prof Hawking 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 touch paper and set the universe going.’
The book, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow and published on September 9, sets out to contest Sir Isaac Newton’s belief that the universe must have been designed by God as it could not have created out of chaos.