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Deltete Robert J.
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract. When queried about his objectives, the celebrated theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has replied, “My goal is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” In this essay, I comment on what Hawking has to say about the role of God in the understanding he seeks. I draw from his popular writings and pronouncements, since both are peppered with references to God and with statements about what God can and cannot do. In particular, I focus on his most recent collection of essays intended for a general audience. I argue that the theological implications Hawking has drawn from his cosmological models are shallow and that the narrow naturalistic path he has taken is inadequate to the large task he has set for himself.
Subject(s)computer science , epistemology , focus (optics) , hawking , naturalism , optics , philosophy , physics , programming language , quantum mechanics , reflexive pronoun , set (abstract data type) , theoretical physics , universe
SCImago Journal Rank0.222
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