On the other hand The Guardian‘s science blogger, Jon Butterworth took time out from writing up an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider to have a rational, and reasonable, conversation on Channel4 News with a theologian. And he points to this excellent New Scientist article on the kerfuffle
As Hawking’s long-suffering assistant dealt with a deluge of enquiries from journalists from around the world, she told me how the furore says more about the silly season than any change of mind. It also says much about how God is used to sell science to the public. The Higgs boson, labelled the “God particle” – a moniker that Peter Higgs himself finds embarrassing – springs to mind. And after all, The Times is serialising Hawking’s book, which he wrote with Leonard Mlodinow.
In it, Hawking describes how M-theory, a candidate ultimate theory of everything, may offer answers to the question of creation. “According to M-theory, ours is not the only universe,” Hawking writes. “Instead M-theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing. Their creation does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god.”
The universe arises from scientific processes, not God – as Hawking himself would have agreed decades ago.