Mr Hawking Meets His Maker

Mr Hawking Meets His Maker

I have never been interested in atheists ‘ speculations and researches about the beginning of the world, as all I need to know that is really important concerning this I have been taught as a child. Some others might find the subject interesting. However, as Christians they are also aware that if science wants to persuade you of something contrary to Church teaching it is bogus science.

What I am more concerned for is how Christian the world is and thinks. There is no doubt that Mr Hawking was an enemy of God, and this is what concerns me today.

One’s more or less permanent merits in the field of research utterly pale and disappear completely in comparison to the Last Four Things. It is extremely probable that Mr Hawking carried his enmity with God straight to his grave. If he did so, his life was an utter failure and an infinite tragedy. If he repented in His last moments, his repentance has more value that an entire life collecting scientific prizes and accolades. In both cases, a peasant’s simple faith is infinitely more worthy than the scientific hypotheses of an atheist. The modern world struggles to understand this, because the modern world has lost contact with the ultimate Reality, God, and goes around chasing ghosts.

I have said my eternal rest for the poor bugger; but – bar an exceptional Grace for which there is no sign up to now – there is very little doubt that he is now in hell, surrounded by angry demons as angry at him as he I angry at everyone.

Stephen Hawking’s death should be a cautionary tale. Today, it will become an atheist fest.

I invite all Christian bloggers to consider writing, on this day, about the Four Last Things Mr Hawking has just faced, so that some words of wisdom may counteract the atheist cacophony we will hear today.

[Addendum by AQ moderator Tom: Also Catholic cacophony from high and law, past and present]

From Catholic New Service: Church leaders praise Hawking for contribution to science, dialogue

Stephen Hawking was a longtime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences [whose statement on his passing] said he told four popes [Paul VI (who originally appointed him),  John Paul II, Benedict and Francis] he wanted to “advance the relationship between Faith and Scientific Reason. We pray the Lord to welcome him in His Glory.” [See comment below on Hawking’s cosmology, which went from bad (agnosticism) to worse (atheism).]

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Pope Paul VI awards the Pius XI medal to Stephen Hawking upon his induction into the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1975.
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Stephen Hawking meets Pope John Paul II in 1981.
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Pope Benedict XVI blesses British professor Stephen Hawking during a meeting of science academics at the Vatican October 31, 2008.

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4 comments on “Mr Hawking Meets His Maker

    Professor Stephen Hawking made it his life’s mission to explain the great mysteries of the universe—and perhaps no mystery is greater than how the universe came into being.
    Hawking died at 76 on Wednesday, after spending most of his life living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a condition he was diagnosed with when he was 21. Given only a few years to live at the time, Hawking’s longevity was considered somewhat of a miracle—if only one of modern medicine, as his first wife Jane Hawking, a Christian, told The Telegraph in 2015.
    “When I think that it has been 52 years since Stephen was first diagnosed, that to me is a miracle. OK, it may be a miracle of modern medicine and Stephen’s own courage and perseverance but it is also quite simply a miracle,” she said.
    Hawking, however, did not believe in miracles of any kind and described himself as an atheist, most notably in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo in 2014.
    The scientist’s position on the existence of God, until then, were seen as somewhat blurred between agnosticism and atheism. In his 1988 book A Brief History of Time, Hawking wrote that achieving a “theory of everything” would be “the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we should know the mind of God.”
    This contrasted with his 2010 book The Great Design, in which he said that the idea of God was “not necessary” to explain the origin of the universe as the laws of physics offer enough of an explanation. That statement that was seen as a change from his previous position on God and the universe as, in an interview with Reuters in 2007, Hawking said “I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science,” conceding that “the laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.”
    Hawking later allowed for the possibility of identifying God with the laws of nature, but rejected the idea of “a human-like being” with whom one has a personal relationship. “When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible,” he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in 2010, a few months before the publication of The Great Design.
    In the course of that interview, he also argued for the superiority of science over religion. “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason,” he said. “Science will win because it works.”
    In an interview with The Guardian in 2011, Hawking also shared his view on life, death and what comes next. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
    Hawking’s response to El Mundo finally dispersed any remaining doubts as to his beliefs. “In the past, before we understood science, it was logical to believe God created the Universe. Now, however, science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant when I said we would know God’s mind was that we would know everything that God would understand if he existed. But there are no Gods,” he said.
    “I am an atheist. Religion believes in miracles, but these are not compatible with science,” he said.
    As a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Hawking presented his ideas on the origin of the universe at various scientific conferences organized at the Vatican over the years, where he met Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on various occasions.
    In 2006, the physicist recalled Pope John Paul II discouraging scientists from studying the creation of the universe as that was God’s work and joked about the pontiff ignoring he had presented a paper at the conference precisely on that topic. “I didn’t fancy the thought of being handed over to the Inquisition like Galileo,” Hawking said.

  2. I once had an extended email debate with four atheists on
    The topic was: Is The Existence Of God A Scientific Question?
    Of course, their position was No, and mine was Yes.
    My main interlocutor was a science professor at a British university.
    One of the first things I found out was that he didn’t even know what science is.
    He denied the perennial notion of science: certain knowledge through causes [and effects].
    He denied that there are causes and effects for immaterial realities, for the simpl(istic) “reason” that immaterial things aren’t real.
    The poor man claimed to be an ‘eliminative materialist’, which for him meant to say that, through a reasoned process of elimination, he denied the existence of anything but matter.
    Science dealt only with investigation of matter, period. So neither philosophy nor theology were sciences.
    I pointed out that the very reasoning he does to “prove” anything at all involves necessarily an admission of the existence of immaterial things in practice. For example, some of his “reasoning” might run as follows:
    M: We can only know matter, because that is all that exists.
    m: Science is a method of arriving at knowledge.
    cc: Therefore, science allows us to know only material things.
    M: Philosophy and theology strive to know immaterial things.
    m: But immaterial things don’t exist.
    cc: Therefore, philosophy and theology don’t give knowledge.
    I pointed out that the very terms of the argument; ‘philosophy’, ‘theology’, and yes, even ‘science’ and ‘matter’, according to his own principles…don’t exist.
    No one has ever seen, touched, heard, tasted or smelled a ‘philosophy’, a ‘theology’, a ‘science’, or even a ‘matter’; there is no such *material* thing as a ‘science’ or a ‘matter’ walking around. Since all things are either material or immaterial, these are therefore immaterial realities; they are ideas (and BTW, ‘idea’ is also an immaterial reality).
    In fact, the whole process of reasoning itself is an immaterial reality, because, besides very often dealing with immaterial realities, the whole process is simply one of discovering *relations* between things, which lead to a conclusion that X = Y…or that it doesn’t; in other words, that it is *true* to say X = Y…or it is false.
    There is no such material thing as a ‘truth’; no such material thing as a ‘false’.
    And there’s no such material thing as a ‘relation’.
    He just refused to get any of these, or many other, scientific facts.
    Found out later on that he is a homosexual.
    As you may guess, I was not surprised.
    Scripture says: “The fool says in his heart: ‘There is no God’.”
    Experience says: Wisdom Falls As Pride Rises.
    There are probably a few honest fools among atheists. It’s hard to imagine how Stephen Hawking could be one of them.
    BTW, Tom, way eye-opening stuff as to the modern popes flirtations with atheists, and the obvious implied sanction of their atheism.
    Maybe for them we ought to have another saying:
    “A fool’s fool says in his heart: ‘There are no atheists’.”

    • [The Stephen Hawking – Fr. Robert Spitzer debate on the Larry King show mentioned in the Catholic News Service article]

      Fr. Robert Spitzer Debates the Question, “Did God Create the Universe?” on Larry King Live

      Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., was invited to appear on Larry King Live on September 10, 2010, to provide an opposing viewpoint to the claim put forth in Stephen Hawking’s latest controversial work, “The Grand Design,” that “no God is required” to explain the creation of the universe. Dr. Hawking appeared earlier in the same program, while Fr. Spitzer, Hawking’s coauthor Leonard Mlodinow, and writer Deepak Chopra were invited to debate the question, “Did God Create the Universe?” Fr. Spitzer is President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, immediate past president of Gonzaga University, and author of the recently published “New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy.” He is also President of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership.

  3. [Hat-tip to Canon212: “Stephen Hawking dies and goes to Fr. Rosica Heaven”
    Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking. I am sure the Lord looked forward to meeting you! Though a non-believer, he was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and over the years met several popes.
    Twitter@OkiePapistReplying to @FatherRosica:
    How exactly does one who denies Christ, most vociferously, attain Heaven exactly? Why would he want to be with the one whom he hates and denies?
    AQ moderator Tom: A possible neo-Catholic answer to the Oakie Papist’s question: Appropriating a well-know quote about the movie “Jaws 2”: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to church … VaticanII! Specifically@LumenGentium16:
    Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who … have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God…

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