May 16, 2011

Hawking says ‘there is no heaven’

In an interview in the Guardian yesterday Stephen Hawking confirmed his belief that ‘There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark

Hawking also argues that ‘Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing‘ a claim that is widely disputed within the scientific community.

For a Christian response to the idea of an uncaused universe see William Lane Craig’s Cosmological argument


  • Didn’t Hawking recently claim that philosophy was dead?

  • Fascinating that his view of, or analogy for, human beings is computers. Machines. Of course, if we’re just machines, there’s no afterlife. There’s no ‘life’ to start with, for a machine. But Hawking of all people should know how his brain is different to a computer, and him self different to the machine which transports him. He uses computers as tools, but he is so much more. He is perfectly right that there is no afterlife for broken computers.

    He also seems set to address the question of ‘Why are we here?’ by answering ‘How did we get here?’, which are not at all the same.

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