Psalms 19:1 KJV - The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
I watched the show. Hawking is a man who lives exactly where he desires, in his own mind. If an angel offered to lower him into the spring of Bethesda, he would probably refuse the newfound mobility which could cripple his thinking. Hawking has been shown, by the scientific community, to be in theoretical error on other things. In fact, everything Hawking has proposed is just that ---THEORIES. Somehow, the popular media adores him, giving him credence in the public eye. Maybe it’s because of his handicap and that computer generated voice that makes for odd TV.
It was an atheist who coined the term ‘big bang’ as he derided the notion that the universe had a beginning. In a static, infinitely old universe, life will happen or so the atheistic theory went before it was discovered that the universe had a beginning. A finite universe limits the statistical probability of spontaneous life. By far, the greater genius was Einstein who recognized; if the universe had a beginning (the effect) then it had to have a cause. He understood that cause to be SUPERNATURAL. When his early calculations suggested that was the case, Einstein inserted what was coined the ‘cosmological constant’ to explain away God, evident in his math. He later admitted it was his greatest mistake. There is a photo of him alongside Hubble, looking through the telescope Hubble had used proving the Universe had a beginning, just as the first verse in the Bible has declared.
In the TV show, Hawking declared before the ‘big bang’, time didn’t exist. Consequently, the RULE of ‘cause and effect’ didn’t apply, leading to his flawed conclusion that a supernatural explanation wasn’t necessary. It is the same argument evolutionists use when describing first life. They can’t really explain the how or why of life and its replication, “it just happened”. For all of his supposed IQ all Hawking really said was, to quote the great Forrest Gump, “it happens”.
I do wonder though: I find it interesting that David Gregory, arguably Barack Obama’s favorite mouthpiece, mediated the debate on the existence of God. I doubt that “just happened”.