I'm an atheist." That followed comments made to Reuters in 2007 in which Hawking, who had lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS) since 1963, described himself as "not religious in the normal sense." "I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science," he said.
"The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws." Because of his involvement in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which fosters "interaction between faith and reason and encouraging dialogue between science and spiritual, cultural, philosophical and religious values," he visited the Vatican over the years.
It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going." In discussing the book, he toldABC News: "One can't prove that God doesn't exist.
The laws of physics can explain the universe without the need for a creator." Hawking's earlier best-selling cosmology book, "A Brief History of Time," also discussed black holes and the big bang.
We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful." In 2011, his comments to the Guardian explained his stance further: "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." Hawking, who was born Jan.