Reason Why The Funeral Of Famed Atheist Stephen Hawking Was Held At The Church

Date April 5, 2018

It's no secret that the renowned astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, was an atheist. However, not many people know that he was an active member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which is based in Vatican.


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The brilliant scientist frequently visited the Academy's annual conferences and took part in its sessions. The reason why a self-proclaimed atheist actively participated in events held in the Catholic Church is that the Pontifical Academy has an open membership policy. Anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, is welcomed to contribute to the discussions, in which latest scientific developments and faith come together.

Why Stephen Hawking's memorial service was held at a religious institution

After the greatest genius of our time passed away, many questioned the choice of having his funeral at St. Mary's church. The memorial service site is located in Cambridge, where Hawking spent most of his years studying and teaching at the University of Cambridge.

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Hawking's children, Robert, Lucy, and Timothy, gave a statement, in which they explained their choice of the place for the funeral. "Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city. For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him," the statement reads.


Why Hawking said there is no God

As a scientist, Stephen Hawking always relied on facts. He didn't hide his atheistic views on life. Hawking believed that there was a much more convincing explanation to the creation of the universe, evidence of which he was studying his entire life, than saying it's a work of God. "We would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t," he once said.

Regardless of Stephen Hawking's religious beliefs, there's no denying that his life's work made a great contribution to science and future of the humanity.

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