Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote the first response (also from behind a paywall): What would we do for entertainment without scientists telling us, with breathless excitement, that “God did not create the Universe”, as if they were the first to discover this astonishing proposition? Stephen Hawking is the latest, but certainly not the first. When Napoleon asked Laplace, two hundred years ago, where was God in his scientific system the mathematician replied, Je n’ai pas besoin de cette hypothèse: “I do not need God to explain the Universe.” We never did. That is what scientists do not understand.
There is a difference between science and religion. Science is about explanation. Religion is about interpretation. Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean. They are different intellectual enterprises. They even occupy different hemispheres of the brain. Science — linear, atomistic, analytical — is a typical left-brain activity. Religion — integrative, holistic, relational — is supremely a work of the right brain.
It is important for us to understand the misinterpretation Professor Hawking has made, because the mutual hostility between religion and science is one of the curses of our age, and is damaging to religion and science in equal measure.
via The Lead.
- Chief rabbi challenges Stephen Hawking in row over origins of universe (guardian.co.uk)
- Hawking Picks Physics Over God in Big Bang (foxnews.com)
- Hawking’s ‘God did not create Universe’ claim rejected (cnn.com)