It's the ultimate '80s showdown. Growing Pain's Mike Seaver vs. the author of 1988's A Brief History of Time. Kirk Cameron vs. Stephen Hawking. The subject? God and the existence of heaven. (Uh-oh.)
Our '80s child star-turned-evangelist is lashing out at the theoretical physicist (and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner) after Hawking gave an interview in which he declared that heaven was a "fairy story" for those afraid of death, E Online reports.
"Why should anyone believe Mr. Hawking's writings if he cannot provide evidence for his unscientific belief that out of nothing, everything came?" Cameron asked E News. "To say anything negative about Stephen Hawking is like bullying a blind man. He has an unfair disadvantage, and that gives him a free pass on some of his absurd ideas."
To be specific, Hawking's exact words were: "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
The comments were part of an interview given to the U.K. Guardian.
"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," said Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21. "Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in."
Hawking has declined to specifically comment on Cameron's comments. So your turn again, Mike Seaver.
"[Hawking] says he knows there is no Heaven. John Lennon wasn't sure. He said to pretend there's no Heaven. That's easy if you try."
We'd prefer to pretend this silly little tiff never happened. And by the way, Kirk, that outfit you're wearing is proof that Hawking is probably right.
Posted by Steve Spears at 4:17:06 pm on May 18, 2011