London, Sep 3 (ANI): The chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, has lashed out at Stephen Hawking after the astrophysicist claimed in his new book that God had no role to play in the creation of the universe.
In the book, 'The Grand Design', published next week, Hawking concludes that science excludes the possibility of a deity and that it is unnecessary to "invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going".
However, his finding was described by Sacks as an "elementary fallacy" of logic.
"There is a difference between science and religion. Science is about explanation. Religion is about interpretation. The Bible simply isn't interested in how the universe came into being," the Guardian quoted the chief rabbi as writing in the Times.
Sacks also said the mutual hostility between religion and science was one of "the curses of our age" and warned it would be equally damaging to both.
"But there is more to wisdom than science. It cannot tell us why we are here or how we should live. Science masquerading as religion is as unseemly as religion masquerading as science," he added.
In an earlier book, 'A Brief History of Time', Hawking was apparently more open to the idea of God, suggesting that a scientific understanding of the universe was not incompatible with a creator.
"If we discover a complete theory ... it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we should know the mind of God," he wrote. (ANI)