“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing…Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to … set the Universe going.”
This seems to be the quote that this article points to as the nail in the coffin concerning Hawking’s belief in God, or lack thereof. I don’t know whether Hawking believes there is a supreme creator or not, but his quote does not clearly indicate that he does or doesn’t, only that he doesn’t believe that everything had to be set into place directly by that creator.
He points to the law of gravity as an invisible force with the power to invoke order where there is none. But did the law of gravity always exist? Is the law of gravity the supreme creator? The concept of a supreme creator can’t be avoided, bible or any other religious book aside. If gravity is where creation begins, then gravity is the supreme creator. If gravity didn’t always exist, then it was created, and so we are compelled to ask, what created gravity?
I haven’t read any of Stephen Hawking’s works, but I can’t agree with the title of the linked article, as it does not accurately represent what Stephen said in the quote they pulled from him.