Stephen Hawking has recently declared that, based on his work in physics, God is not necessary to explain the origin of the universe.
“Because there is a law such as gravity,” writes Hawking in his new book, The Grand Design, “the universe can and will create itself from nothing."
Christians have been quick to respond, of course (see The Solas Centre's response here), and I'm sure there will be many more articles to come in the future so I'll keep my response short.
Hawking says that, given gravity, the existence of the universe is inevitable. Now I need his help in completing this sentence:
"Given _______, the existence of gravity is inevitable."