Since humans appear bent on self-destruction, perhaps the deity of your choice will save us from ourselves. Or maybe not. Hawking examined the possibility religion thoroughly and came up empty on the matter of magical beings
“I think the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science,” Hawking wrote. “If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn’t take long to ask: What role is there for God?” Hawking said the Big Bang theory, the combined laws of gravity, relativity, quantum physics and other rules pose a more plausible explanation for life on earth than the story of a powerful being creating the universe. “If you like, you can say the laws are the work of God, but that is more a definition of God than a proof of his existence,” Hawking wrote. “I have no desire to offend anyone of faith, but I think science has a more compelling explanation than a divine creator.”
But what did he know?
Hawking is considered to be the greatest physicist since Einstein. He made key contributions to relativity and quantum physics, and discovered that the Big Bang emerged from a singularity, a point so small and dense that the very laws of physics can’t describe it. He figured out what happened when black holes merge and discovered that black holes can evaporate, slowly at first, then faster and faster until they explode—an idea that was at first ridiculed, but which is now accepted by the scientific community. “This result,” says Bernard Carr, one of Hawking’s former PhD students, “unified relativity and quantum theory and thermodynamics.”
Hawking is buried in Westminster Abbey, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.