What Is Stephen Hawking’s Problem?
Last week, at exactly the same time, I was writing an article on this site in which I was showing that Stephen Hawking allegations about the fact that the universe was not created by God do not stand to reason because of the logical fallacies his arguments are built upon.
I was hoping to revert to my work, and not to waste any more time on such trivial matters. For me trying to demonstrate the existence of God or to dismiss allegations like those made by Hawking is really a trivial enterprise, since the existence of God is so obvious than even blind people couldn’t miss it.
Then Stephen Hawking strikes again. Reciting his little “dogmas” ex cathedra while the world stands still, the famous and respectable physicist turns into an impostor and a con artist when he proclaims: “Theology is unnecessary!”
He goes on to explain that science can answer more and more questions that used to be “provinces of religion,” proving by that he has no idea what he is talking about.
One cannot elude the question “Why?” “Why is Stephen Hawking so set up against theology?” “How much of this denial is purely Hawking’s mentality and what is exaggerated interpretation of the media?” Because anyone credited to be as smart as Stephen Hawking passes for should know that theology is necessary.
I know it is rather obsolete to defend the need for theology in front of a public that was educated to despise theology and embrace erroneous ideas such as that of Hawking’s that science can provide answers for everything.
Still, to the risk of not having anyone who would take the bother to read me I will attempt at pleading for the dire need of theology in a world like this. For, as genius writer Cyril Connolly puts it, “It is better to write for yourself and have no audience, than to write for the audience and have no self.”
That being said, it is fair to add that the main reason why theology should not be dismissed is that, in spite of what Hawking thinks, theology is not cosmology, or better said it is much more than cosmology.
Scientists have made it their business to trespass the boundaries of their own field of expertise and pass judgments on a reality that transcends completely the material reality sciences are presumed to investigate.
Thus, they presume to know the answers related to the creation of the world, even though these “answers” cannot go beyond sheer intellectual speculation, wherefore they are susceptible of being wrong.
Since there is no way to connect the existence of God per se (God denominated himself in the Scriptures as “he who is,” (Exodus 3:15) that is the only existence capable of subsisting independently) to the creation of the world in a syllogism that would say that if God didn’t create the world then God does not exist, because God would exist even if He didn’t create the world, creating being one of his outwardly works, not the core of his essence, then the whole demonstration about the non-existence of God and unnecessity of theology has nothing to do with creation itself, and is motivated by other reasons.
Another reason theology is necessary is that, unlike most people think, it is a fascinating field of knowledge, and an experience that transcends every other experience that could come to mind.
To use a comparison, practicing theology as a science, the science of all sciences and the art of all arts, as it was called in the Middle Ages by all the elevated men of the epoch, is like smelling the most sophisticated French fragrance after crawling through the cloacae underneath a city.
Then, the challenges to the mind theology offers no other science could ever dream of offering. The bold enterprise to scrutinize the fathomless depth of the divine reality provides the most ecstatic experience possible.
He who studies the history of the Christian creeds for example or of its doctrine and understands the difficulty of the human mind to take in and accommodate supernatural truths, and the struggle to find the real pass through the agency of a feeble mind in which the scientists put their own trust in their endeavor to “provide answers” no one actually needs.
Theology is not necessary to human kind not only for knowing God through it, but also for knowing man.
Nowhere else in the world man discovered himself better than in theology. The theology of person for instance, which is the paramount Christian contribution to the history of ideas, along with the true knowledge of God, is extremely important today more than even, as a depersonalization process is known throughout the world.
Human beings will never understand who they are by theories that place them among the livestock. They cannot understand what is their purpose if they believe they are a simple accident in the world s Hawking is inclined to believe.
Theology is necessary even because of the moral imperative it postulates. “If God doesn’t exist,” Fyodor Dostoevsky, a great writer Hawking is most certainly ignorant of, “everything is permitted,” and in such a Darwinist world vision the operative principle is “survival of the fittest,” which most certainly rules Hawking out of existence.
Theology is just as necessary as every other field of human mind activity in the world. All it takes to see that is to go beyond the prejudices accumulated in hundreds of years of ignorance, and the lies told by people like Stephen Hawking, be they “honest lies” or not.
That Hawking is taking up his own struggle with God into the public arena it is no doubt. In fact, it stands to logic that if God doesn’t exist then Hawking is talking about, and is obsessed with, something inexistent, which makes him at least very stupid, if not completely delusional.
Which leads us to the conclusion that God does exist and for some personal reason Hawking has a score to settle with him, and takes it the hard way. And if God does exist, so must the science about him.11