We lost a great scientific mind Hawkins, and now doubt science matters, even the Vatican has a conservatory and engages in scientific research and those of the church engage in scientific reasoning along with biblical truth. Those who can not will not open up to the Holy Spirit, to Holy Spirit truth, to scripture truth will stay within the realm of science only. They will dismiss First Cause, saying it is not necessary to have a First Cause. However there is a problem with that.
Human beings are supposed to operate on reason, on induction, deduction all that jazz. What happens when you say there is no need for a First Cause or First Principles to examine and explain creation? You violate reason, violate inductive and deductive reasoning. Peter Kreeft put it well when he says “If there seems to be no physical cause, we look for a psychological cause: perhaps someone hypnotized us. As a last resort, we look for a supernatural cause, a miracle. But there must be some cause. We never deny the Principle of Sufficient Reason itself. No one believes the Pop Theory: that things just pop into existence for no reason at all. Perhaps we will never find the cause, but there must be a cause for everything that comes into existence. the whole universe is a vast, interlocking chain of things that come into existence. Each of these things must therefore have a cause. My parents caused me, my grandparents caused them, et cetera. But it is not that simple. I would not be here without billions of causes, from the Big Bang through the cooling of the galaxies and the evolution of the protein molecule to the marriages of my ancestors.” The sciences can tell us how, the mechanisms of creation of the universe, but not the who or even the why it was all created, why we were created, why we have emotions etc…It’s all links in a chain and the chain has to start somewhere with someone having created the first link. St Thomas, though indirectly gives excellent arguments for First Cause. If there is no first cause, then like saying I come from a poof in the air, so do my parents, their parents. Though Hawkins was a beyond capable scientist he failed to acknowledge and fully appreciate, accept the need for First Cause, First Principles. Neuroscience has tried over and over again and failed for example to explain consciousness. Why, because all science is an external exercise and thus has great limitations. This article says it well https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/14/theres-so-much-science-will-never-be-able-to-explain/?utm_term=.492aa83962fa Science can’t explain, never will be able to explain: the origin of the universe, the origin of the laws of nature, the origin of life and the origin of mind and thought because they transcend anything physical that can be measured. This is where the spiritual realm can give answers and with solid thological indicutive and deductive reasoning of objective morality etc… provide a great map of it all, a grid.