Stephen Hawking didn’t believe he’d go to heaven

(USA TODAY) World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died March 14, 2018,, didn’t believe in God and called heaven “a fairy story.”

Hawking, who died at 76, wrote “there is no God” in his final, posthumous book “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” He also wrote that “no one directs the universe.” It wasn’t the first time Hawking rejected the idea of a higher power. He had disputed the existence of God for years before his death.

“The question is: Is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can’t understand, or was it determined by a law of science? I believe the second,” Hawking said on the TV show Genius of Britain, the Telegraph cites. “If you like, you can call the laws of science ‘God’, but it wouldn’t be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions.”

In his 2010 book “The Grand Design,” Hawking and co-author Leonard Mlodinow credit “spontaneous creation” with the reason for existence, writing “it is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

As for life after death, Hawking told the Guardian he believes the brain is like a computer that will simply shut off.

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