Gee. really?

Courtesy of CNN:

There is no God — that’s the conclusion of the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking, whose final book is published Tuesday.

The book, which was completed by his family after his death, presents answers to the questions that Hawking said he received most during his time on Earth.

Other bombshells the British scientist left his readers with include the belief that alien life is out there, artificial intelligence could outsmart humans and time travel can’t be ruled out.

Hawking, considered one of the most brilliant scientists of his generation, died in March at the age of 76.

“There is no God. No one directs the universe,” he writes in “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.”

“For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God,” he adds. “I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature.”

I really doubt that this will change anybody’s mind because those who believe are guided by faith and discount any facts which challenge that faith. 

Not to pat myself on the back too hard but Hawkins is essentially stating a fact that I discerned when I was only about seven years old. 

In my seven-year-old mind, the evidence to support the existence of God was either nonexistent or flimsy beyond belief. 

I started researching in earnest when I became a teenager and essentially everywhere I looked was evidence of a monstrous fraud being perpetrated, not only on Christians but ALL people who embrace similar superstitious nonsense. 

It still pains me that this is still a debate we are having here in the 21st century and look forward to a time of great enlightenment when people finally break the chains of oppressive religions and stumble out into the warm light of reason.

We can do it I know we can, but it is fear of the unknown and our own mortality which keeps so many of us trapped in cages of ignorance. 

Just imagine how hard it would be for a Donald Trump to get elected if the vast majority of Americans refused to suckle at the mind-numbing teat of religiosity and instead progressed through their lives with their cognitive skills turned up to eleven and their skepticism swatting traps, tricks, and misinformation out of their way as they move toward a brighter, more intellectually honest future.