I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on TV. I am a pastor; theologian in residence (if you will) at Centenary United Methodist Church. Not being a scientist keeps me out of trouble, sometimes. At other times, the fact that I won't pretend to be a scientist may get me into some trouble.
You know, while I do think it is cool that Hawking takes time to step out of the scientist role in order to "play a scientist on TV," he would likely do well to refrain from attempting to play a serious theologian. Certainly, everyone is welcome to their own theological beliefs and opinions. They are welcome to promote them as they wish. However, in attempting to "do theology" in a way that is supposed to be received on the same level as his scientific writings, Hawking finds himself well over his head. - He does not seem to realize this, but ask a theologian, or even one who, like myself, is a reader of theologians, and it becomes clear.
This isn't an attempt to slam Hawking. I like him, especially since he was on Star Trek! Rather, this post was prompted by an article I read from Mail Online by Professor John Lennex. I really only wanted to point readers of my blog to his article. I find it refreshing in that it exposes the false dichotomy that many atheistic scientist, on the one hand, and many fundamentalist Christians, on the other hand, like to promote. I find that promotion of war between science and religion to be completely out of place for Christians.
As I said, I like Hawking . . . and I like Star Trek! I would like to see the two together again. But for now, I would commend to you Professor Lennex's article, "As a scientist I'm certain Stephen Hawking is wrong. You can't explain the universe without God." You can find the article by clicking here.
Another interesting article found at the same source provides ++Rowen Williams' (Archbishop of Canterbury) dismissive response, as well as comments from other religious leaders. It can be found, here.
Live long and prosper!