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Kirk Cameron Responds to Stephen Hawking on Facebook

Says he "lost his faith in atheism long ago"

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Kirk Cameron Responds to Stephen Hawking on Facebook
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Stephen Hawking has drawn the ire of former Growing Pains star and active celebrity Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron.

If you happened to miss it, British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking made some comments about death, Christianity and the afterlife in an interview with the Guardian this week.

Stephen Hawking, thought of by many as one of the premier thinkers of our time, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was 21. He has outlived his expected life span with the disease by many years now, so it is fitting that he has some thoughts on death and the afterlife.

In the interview with the Guardian, Hawking scoffs at the idea of life after death, regarding it as a fairy tale. He likens the brain to a machine that simply stops working upon death.

I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.

I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

These comments inflamed some Christians, as the existence of “heaven” is pretty central to their ideas regarding the meaning of life. Celebrity Christian activist Kirk Cameron has responded to Hawking in a Facebook note posted on his page entitled “About Stephen.”

The note starts out with a jab at Hawking, suggested that his ideas might gain respect due to his medical condition. He proceeds to quote Sir Issac Newton and John Lennon. Check it out below. (Paragraph breaks added to promote smoother reading)

To say anything negative about Stephen Hawking is like bullying a blind man. He has an unfair disadvantage, and that gives him a free pass on some of his absurd ideas. Professor Hawking is heralded as “the genius of Britain,” yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything (Sir Isaac Newton called atheism “senseless and odious”) and that life sprang from non-life.

To speak on issues of science and violate it’s essential laws is like playing checkers with a someone who changes the rules when he’s losing. Why should anyone believe Mr. Hawking’s writings if he cannot provide evidence for his unscientific belief that out of nothing, everything came? He says he knows there is no Heaven.

John Lennon wasn’t sure. He said to pretend there’s no Heaven. That’s easy if you try. Then he said he hoped that someday we would join him. Such wishful thinking reveals John and Stephen’s religious beliefs, not good science. They may imagine all they want, but I lost my faith in atheism long ago and prefer to stay within the realm of reality.

Whether or not Facebook is the proper channel for religious debate is, well, debatable. But this feud is surely one I never expected to be writing about when I woke up this morning.

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Kirk Cameron Responds to Stephen Hawking on Facebook
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  • Leslie

    Why is it, when atheists criticize the ideas of Christians, it’s referred to as “comments” or “scoffing” by the media, but when Christians criticize atheists’ ideas, it’s referred to by same media as “jabs”? The wording of this article sounds slanted to me.

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Josh Wolford

      The only thing I referred to as a “jab” was when Cameron compared criticizing Hawking with “bullying a blind man.” Cameron suggests that Hawking’s ideas are are only respected because of his medical condition.

      In my book, that’s a jab.

  • Dr. W. Gene Stewart

    I do not think that there will be any agnostic or athiest in hell. This is a thought provoker that I heard. Think about it.

    The Bible teaches that “As the tree falls, so shall it lie.” This means, to me, that when we die, our eternal fate is sealed.

    “The sheep on the Right will go into Heaven (the joy of the Lord), and the Goats on the Left will depart into everlasting destruction.” I believe that there IS a Heaven, and there is A Hell. Please search the Scriptures, reason, nature, and rational thinking. We all need to make up our minds now, and make the appropriate decisions and do the necessary actions that will: benefit us now {read, please God), “and prepare to be ready to go into eternity. Looks like there is no preparation opportunity after death.

    Gene, Plano, TX.

    • Chris

      I’m just curious why folks like Cameron are so threatened just because Hawking has a different belief structure. Hawking certainly didn’t single out Mike Seaver when he made his comments, but good ole Kurt couldn’t miss out on an opportunity to try and grab some of the spotlight for himself by sharing opinions no one really asked for.

      At least Hawking was, you know, asked his opinion before he offered it. I guess we owe Kirk some thanks for interjecting where he certainly wasn’t needed and/or requested.

      • Keez to the kingdom

        First of all..Kirk Cameron is standing for what he believes in, and that is the word of God. No one asked for anybody’s oppinios, yet we all give one. Kirk Cameron is right, and satan has the non-believer blinded to the truth. No one person can see the kingdom of heaven unless he or she repents, believe Christ died on the cross for our sins, and be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

        • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

          Kirk needs to mind his own business and don’t worry about the fact people believe differently than he does.

          • Steven w. cyphers

            Stephen Hawkings is a frustrated little man, because he cannot go beyond the point of singularity. Dark energy and dark matter prove that material with out atomic structure exists as evidence that there is more than just the physical realm. Hawkings approach, just sweep it under the carpet, and pretend it does not exist? Can love be proven scientifically? We do know that love is in the world don’t we? St. Even

  • http://www.inetsoft.com/company/what_is_self-service_bi/ Self-service BI Pro

    Kirk Cameron’s pseudo-philosophical ramblings are undeniable truth of the fact that Kirk Cameron likes to listen to Kirk Cameron talk. But moreover, he’s simply muddying the issue by dragging in references to other famous individuals whose personal beliefs no one can know for sure because they’ve long since died. Newton lived in an era where the church could have had him burned alive had he actually postulated the possibility that God did not exist. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ can be interpreted in a myriad of ways, but I do not believe he intended to say he believed in heaven. Rather I believe he was preaching for human unity by eliminating religion altogether.

  • Arty

    Wait, Stephen Hawking is a Brit? I could NOT tell by his accent.

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Josh Wolford

      ba-dum-ch!

  • http://www.wedgeim.com web design

    That a boy Kirk Give him Hell!!!!LOL Pardon the pun!

  • Marisa

    I will never understand the flawed logic that goes into arguments like this. Kirk claims Stephen has no scientific evidence for claims that are based on…science. What scientific evidence does Kirk have for his beliefs? None. Because faith/religion ain’t science. Same reason you can’t (or shouldn’t) teach creationism is a science classroom, because it’s not scientific. Religion and science aren’t on opposite sides of the same spectrum, they’re two totally different beasts.

  • ted

    Words, words, words! Empty words. Different meanings to different people!

  • KTB

    Mr. Cameron makes me chuckle:

    “To speak on issues of science and violate it’s essential laws is like playing checkers with a someone who changes the rules when he’s losing.”

    Priceless.

  • Kate

    I find it interesting that Cameron ends his defense by saying he prefers “…to stay in the realm of reality…” Exactly what reality is he talking about? There is no “reality” where God is concerned, it is all in faith – he just completely blew his argument. Anyone with any religious understanding realizes that it is all about faith and not “fact.” What fact? Does anyone have the remains of the burning bush? Or has anyone found the memo God sent to Abraham telling him? We know things happened from word passed down, but there is no ‘fact’ about God, nothing proven, just belief in it – on faith, without proof. And faith has no reality, it is simply faith. One thing I do know is that the pursuit of science leads to questions that can’t be answered without believing in some greater force at play. If that force is God, so be it. And while millions of people believe in something does not mean it is real, it means people choose to believe on faith, not fact.

    • Steven w. cyphers

      All you need is Love. St. Even

  • http://blog.businessathomeincome.com Dave Nettles

    Some say there is an afterlife some say there is not. For those that believe and those that don’t, I suggest you spend some time with hospice. Because after a very short time you will understand that the afterlife has two places for you when you die. And you are sure to choose one over the other. You will quickly learn that there is much more at work than just a machine that simply stops working upon death. This will stop all the guessing and speculation.

    • A

      “This will stop all the guessing and speculation.”

      Perhaps for an unintelligent person it would.

      I have spent a long time with someone under the care of hospice, and all that it showed me was that people who are about to die are scared, and are willing to go to great lengths of belief because of that fear.

      Let me repeat that word for emphasis: Fear.

  • Mika Cagle

    Only here to express my gratitude to the only itelligent voice on this page. Thanks a million KIRK!

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