Famous physicist Stephen Hawking teaches Pope Francis about the origin of universe in a meeting ahead of the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Did the physicist dismiss God in front of the Pope?
The annual conference runs from November 25 to 29. Hawking gave an interesting speech on the first day which was titled “The Origin of the Universe”.
The 73-year-old and world’s most famous theoretical physicist, Hawking is a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. It is the scientific academy of the Vatican.
Pope John Paul II believed that we should not inquire on God’s creation
According to Express, Pontifical Academy for Science was established in 1936 by Pope Plus XI.
Hawking is a member since 1986 and has now met three Popes. But this does not indicate that each of them agrees with their opinions on cosmology. Reportedly, Pope John Paul II even told him not to study the origin of the universe as it is a work of God.
This is evident from Pope John Paul’s statement before his death, “It’s OK to study the universe and where it began. But we should not inquire into the beginning itself because that was the moment of creation and the work of God.”
Hawking is dismissive on the ground of religion
Hawking was dismissive on the ground of religion equally in the past. In 2015, he said that science has come too far for people to still believe in the existence of an all-powerful being.
He believes it is natural to believe that God has created the universe. But he believes that science offers more convincing explanation.
Pope Francis also addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday. In his speech, he thanked all the scientists for their contribution they are making. He believes that their contribution will help for the cause of cooperation between human persons. He told that the contribution will help in caring of the planet on which God allowed us to live.