About God, by Johannes Koelman

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What is your take on the Stephen Hawking-God issue?
An absolute non-issue. An old message really. With the gravitational energy of the universe balancing the mass-energy content, the total energy of the universe adds up to zero. So, energy-wise, the universe can emerge out of nothing, and quantum physics tells us that what can happen, will have a finite probability amplitude of happening. That’s all there is to it. Hawking’s publisher has made a clever marketing move by playing the god card. Yet, from a physics perspective the whole claim ‘god not needed’ is empty.

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