Stephen Hawking admitted that he is an atheist. One of the most prolific minds in the science world stated that there is a “more convincing explanation” for the origins of the universe than relying on scripture and miracles within religion. Furthermore, he calls on the fact that most of the miracles, and happenings that are seen in biblical scripture simply “aren’t compatible” with scientific fact.

His belief is that if there were a God, we as people on his earth would ultimately know everything there is to know about life, the earth, the world around us, and nature.

The essence of his beliefs also stem from the concept that religion, or believing in God had more legitimacy before scientific learning.

Hawking reiterated that as scientific learning happened, and as scientific theories became more common – and more advances were made in the science world – the need for “God,” became less, and less necessary – as well as outdated.

He discusses it like an old theory that ultimately doesn’t have a place in a contemporary world, from his point of view. Now clearly, there will be a lot of people that disagree with him but the point stands that there is at least some merit to what he’s saying.

It’s almost as concrete as this. If you believe in science, entirely, you can’t entirely believe in God. One contradicts the other, and the same can be said for religion as a whole – and that seems to be the bigger message that Hawking is getting at.

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This most likely wasn’t a shot at anyone who is religious, but simply his response to a question that he was asked. He was asked in an interview that was posted by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

This wasn’t the first time though that Hawking went publicly about his beliefs, or lack of beliefs. In 2011, he told one major outlet that he didn’t believe in a heaven or an afterlife. He made remarks that came off as harsh, in calling religion, “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

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Regardless, whether Stephen Hawking is right, or wrong – or whether he was right or wrong, for even saying what he said – he certainly won’t be making any new fans with the remarks. This is a harsh statement to say the least – and though it is just an example of Hawking bluntly stating his opinion – it probably won’t be the last time we hear remarks like this from the legendary physicist.