That is an interesting quote. The following is credited to John Gillespie Magee Jr. and is his poem "High Flight".This news is both unsurprising and shocking at the same time.
I’m not a religious person but this quote comes to mind.
"We shall never forget them nor the last time we saw them, as they prepared for their mission and waved good-bye and slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God."
To me, religion is about as personal a matter as it gets and I am not going to go there at all for myself or others here.
In his book "The Everlasting Man" G.K. Chesterton explores the mind of those who expand their opinions beyond their own domain simply because they have become authorities in their own grounds. It's a human weakness to believe that our opinions must be true because we're rich, famous, powerful politicians, or soap-opera stars... and that applies to scientists too. Science and philosophy, although complementary and helpful to one another, are two completely different fields of specialty.To me, religion is about as personal a matter as it gets and I am not going to go there at all for myself or others here.
That being said, I'm not so sure that your characterization is completely accurate, although I see your point.
The article below specifically address the issue:
Did Stephen Hawking Believe in God? What Physicist Said About the Creation of the Universe
Hi,That is an interesting quote. The following is credited to John Gillespie Magee Jr. and is his poem "High Flight".
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God"
I have seen that last sentence used several times in different writings with slight modifications.
According to the wiki, Hawking had made a bet with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Kip Thorne in 1974 about whether a recently discovered cosmic object called Cygnus X-1 was a black hole. If Hawking was right and the object was not a black hole, Thorne agreed to get him a four-year subscription to Private Eye (basically the British equivalent of The Onion). If Thorne was right and it did turn out to be a black hole, Hawking would have to get him a subscription to the softcore porn magazine Penthouse.
Prior to his death, the existence of God and an afterlife was indeterminate. Subsequently, the possibilities have resolved themselves -- for him.Hi,
He also said, "The universe doesn't need a God".
Wonder if he lost that bet too
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