Stephen Hawking seems to be sticking to type by claiming that God wasn't necessary to create the universe. He says so in his new book "The Grand Design". 'New book'? Perhaps this gives us a clue.
This book seems to contain a few cases that would stretch the laws of logic a tadge far. We have:
'Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.'
'Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.Sigh. This makes the arguments of the 'Chicken Watcher General' look reasoned.