Hawking is clever but doesn't seem to have any grasp of God. He is seeing what he wants to see:
Religious leaders hit back at Hawking - CNN.com: "Religious leaders in Britain on Friday hit back at claims by leading physicist Stephen Hawking that God had no role in the creation of the universe.
In his new book 'The Grand Design,' Britain's most famous scientist says that given the existence of gravity, 'the universe can and will create itself from nothing,' according to an excerpt published in The Times of London.
'Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,' he wrote.
'It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going.'
But the head of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, told the Times that 'physics on its own will not settle the question of why there is something rather than nothing.'"