Over time, I’ve come to expect nothing short of top-notch from Fox News. Whether it be their televised reporting or articles on their website, I have come to expect nothing less than poorly-informed, misguided, and often arrogant reporting. Generally speaking, they could be worse. But sometimes, they spew something particularly unpleasant. One of those who was recently on the receiving end of the aforementioned quality was esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking.
As you may know, Stephen Hawking recently published a new book, The Grand Design, which was co-written with Leonerd Mlodinow. You can check out the book on Amazon here. In his book, Stephen Hawking focuses on the origins of the universe from the point of view of theoretical physics. From his book,
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” the professor said in his new book. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”
While it is not likely that Hawking’s goal was to stir up controversy from the religious, he surely accomplished that. It seems that God’s last legitimate vestige in the scientific community is his possible role as the proverbial clock-winder. There had to be someone to get the ball rolling, right? Not according to Stephen Hawking.
Of course, Fox News had something to say about this. In a minute article by Fox News Opinion columnist Cal Thomas, Hawkings work is pitted against lonely, unsourced quotes that are questionable at best. The article starts with:
Stephen Hawking is out with another book that will delight his fellow atheists. Hawking says there is no room for God in science and that a creator is not behind the universe. Gravity, he says, is what united particles after the “Big Bang” and produced our planet, this universe and many other universes in which he believes life also exists.
Innocent enough. What comes next is reminiscent of a Sunday-school brat comeback:
Here are some verses that refute that: “Anyone who wishes to know God, must first acknowledge he exists;” “Were you there when I laid the foundations of the world?” “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.”
As one translation puts it: “God chose what is nonsense in the world to make the wise feel ashamed. God chose what is weak in the world to make the strong feel ashamed.”
And then there are these: “the fool has said in his heart ‘there is no God’” and “the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing.”
If Hawking thinks it’s all foolishness, isn’t that evidence he is perishing?
They took a paraphrased version of an excerpt or Hawkings book and went directly to quasi-religious quotes to “refute” the work of a highly experienced and educated theoretical physicist and cosmologist. And who is doing the “refuting?” Some syndicated columnist working for Fox News.
Who are you going to believe?