Stephen Hawking and the Creation Story

A few days ago, The Times in UK reported that Stephen Hawking, who does not believe in a Creator, changed his theory on the beginning of the Universe towards the end of his life: “At some point 13.8 billion years in the past we had a boundary, where our familiar notion of time ceases to be meaningful and we are left with a kind of timeless state. [Beyond it] there is nothing. No space. No time. Absolutely nothing.” So, there is in fact a point in the beginning where there is absolutely nothing – not even time and space. The Bible calls this a “formless void” in the Book of Genesis: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep” (Gen 1:1-2).

So who started it all? Aristotle and St Thomas Aquinas proposed the existence of an “unmoved mover”, who moved other things without himself being moved by a prior action. In Christianity, we call this unmoved mover God. Reading Gen 1:1-8, we learn that God created day and night on the first day and created a separation in the dome on the second day. Could these text be in fact describing complex truth in simple languages to an ancient people? In light of Hawking’s latest theory, in saying God created day and night on the first day, could this mean that God was creating time? In the separation of the dome to form the sea and the sky on the second day, could this mean God was creating space?

In proposing these theories in his dying days, Stephen Hawking was closer to God than he thought – when science meets religion.


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