When Hawking says that the spontaneous self-creation of the universe "out of nothing" is evidence that a creator was not involved, he is not speaking as a scientist. His statement is pure theology.
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Perhaps there's a more "spiritually scientific" way to interpret the seminal assertion of Genesis 1:1, one that honours the sacred nature of the texts while utilising science's contribution to our current knowledge
Recent developments in science do make conclusions about God more difficult. But do they really render the God hypothesis superfluous?
If biocentrism is right, nature has much bigger plans for us than just this or that life -- plans far beyond anything religion has ever projected to any god.
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