Hawking is a noted British theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He has written a new book in which he challenges the notion that God created the universe.
According to the Guardian: Stephen Hawking says universe not created by God.
Even though Hawking is not a Jew, British Chief Rabbi Sacks has seen fit to challenge his heresy:
Chief rabbi challenges Stephen Hawking in row over origins of universe
Wikipedia informs us that, regarding religion:
Hawking has stated that he is "not religious in the normal sense" and he believes that "the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws."Our dad, Rabbi Dr. Zev Zahavy, wrote a book on the subject of cosmology and religion -- "Whence and Wherefore - Cosmological Destiny to Man Scientifically and Philosophically Explained: An Analysis Relating to 'In the Centre of Immensities' by Sir Bernard Lovell ".
Purchase the Kindle edition of this book here: Whence and Wherefore
He brilliantly defends the notion that God created the universe and finds solace and wisdom in that conclusion. In 2010 we sent a copy to Professor Hawking. We did not hear back from him.