In Stephen Hawking’s new book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, published just a few months after his death, the famed scientists suggests that God does not exist and the universe does not require an explanation. Is he right? Bishop Barron discusses those claims in today’s episode.


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2 comments on “WOF 152: Is Stephen Hawking Right About God?

  1. Felix Chau Nov 6, 2018

    From CS. Lewis in Mere Christianity: “…when Freud is talking about how to cure neurotics he is speaking as a specialist on his own subject, but when he goes on to talk general philosophy he is speaking as an amateur.” This observation from Lewis seems to apply similarly to Hawking. When Hawking is talking about physics “he is speaking as a specialist on his own subject, but when he goes on to talk general philosophy (or theology) he is speaking as an amateur.” How humbling that success in one area of life can lead to hubris / ignorance/ blindness in other areas! If Hawking thinks the universe is a “free lunch,” why not thank the Host for His Hospitality!

  2. Carol Crowell Dec 1, 2018

    For those who read Aquinas, proofs for the existence of God have been discounted through logical argument except for two. Those proofs still standing are the PROOF FROM. FIRST CAUSE and THE PROOF FROM DESIGN. These are compelling proofs which have stood the test of time

    The entire purpose of reading and exploring these arguments is a sincere pursuit of truth.. Too often these arbuments seem an exervise is hijinc fashioned to display rhetoric rather than seeking the truth.

    Aquinas prayed for enlightenment as he practiced his faith leading to the holy investigation as to which was sequentially primary.

    ,faith following reason or reason following faith. One”s conclusion determines the character of the practice of our belief as well as that of our institutions. It seems to me since a stican II the emphasis has been on feeling and less on reason,. Principal during the Age of Scholasticism.