An article in the The Telegraph today by Laura Roberts reports that renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has now concluded that no supernatual agent was necessary for our universe to come to be.
In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Hawking said: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” He added: “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.”
Commenting on Hawking's position, Richard Dawkins said:
[T]he new Darwinism in the sense that it finishes off God. Darwin kicked him out of biology, but physics remained more uncertain. Hawking is now administering the coup de grace.
I think it is important to note that Hawking is not saying that he has proven that a god or gods do not exist. He is saying that is it not necessary to postulate one in order to explain the origin of the universe. As the English would say, he has made God "redundant."