I am reminded of a drowning person, reaching, clawing, scratching, and pulling on anything they can to stay afloat, remain in existence, and stay alive. Before you object, I would never stoop so low as to insult the magnificently gifted intellectual know as Steven Hawking, I am talking about the history of religion and its treatment of the innovative scientist.
Take a moment, click over to your browser tabs and open your favorite search engine, go ahead and search for: “Einstein and God”. What you will see is what happens whenever a scientist(s) changes the world, the regions most prevalent religion stakes a claim validating their creation stories and superstitions (case in point: where are the Islamic/Hindu/Buddhist videos claiming one of the greatest minds humanity ever produced).
I mean, if someone as smart as Einstein could or did “humiliate an atheist professor” then that is all the proof necessary to validate what we, mere peons, could ever know, right? Even with verified personal correspondences of Albert Einstien rebuking the faith claims on his personal worldview we see videos and propaganda affirming his beliefs to that of their own; it’s awful hard to refute assertions in the afterlife and the soldiers of God know this.
The very same series of events have befallen Stephen Hawking mostly from his, some would say rather careless, use of the following statement:
“… if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God.”
― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
This has been the religious calling card, the “smoking gun”, and the label printed on bible pages for a man they could use to sway the positions and smother the minds of the “flock”. So much so that in his next book “The Grand Design” Stephen had to specifically allude to our great scientific advancements that “…god was no longer necessary.” Clearly this was a way of distancing himself from the assumptions made by people desperately trying to validate bronze age scientific claims.
This is of course a classic case of argument from authority; a situation where an appeal to a presumed authority is made, often not an expert in the field of discussion, yet since this person is considered an intellectual resource, usually because of the attainment of a PhD, the argument presented must be true. This argument is the foundational basis for everything that the creation museum and its figurehead, Ken Ham, propose with no discernible or peer reviewed scientific legitimacy. Furthermore, if you used the Google search engine for the query I proposed earlier then you would see a link from creation.com as an example of the Ken Ham’s cronies using this argument in an attempt to corral Einstein into the belief of a creator (it‘s in the last paragraph).
So once again, thank you Stephen Hawking for fighting the good fight, one that will now hopefully end as you have explicitly announced your position against those who would claim you. For all of us here at Atheist Analysis and all over the world, we tip our hats and smile graciously as we welcome you with open arms.
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