Theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking has confirmed his atheistic beliefs, telling a Spanish newspaper that "science offers a more convincing explanation" for creation than religious faith.
Hawking, who suffers from the dehabilitating motor neurone disease and is the subject of a new biopic starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, was speaking ahead of the Starmus Festival in Tenerife.
Scientists are gathering to discuss astronomy and space exploration for a week of events aimed at anyone with "a desire to know more about where we came from and what's out there."
Though Hawking has in the past branded the existence of an afterlife as "a fairy story for people afraid of the dark", and claimed: "There is no God. No one created our universe, and no one directs our faith," there has been a level of ambiguity surrounding his personal beliefs. ...