Quite possibly one of the greatest apologist of our time and certainly my favourite, professor John Lennox of Oxford University, is interviewed by Amanda Read.
Among many other things, Lennox comments Stephen Hawking’s atheism:
Hawking, who in 2009 retired rom holding Isaac Newton’s old chair at Cambridge, […] said that heaven is “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
Lennox quipped in response, “Well if you want a one liner to answer it, atheism is a fairy story for people afraid of the light.”
What I appreciate about Lennox is that, while being an Oxford professor, he understands and accepts that science will always fall short when it comes to answering the fundamental questions of human existence:
“[I]t is very important for me as a scientist to point out that science is limited, it doesn’t answer all the questions – and that’s why it’s been so successful, because it has limited itself.
“But a lot of people don’t realize that, and nowadays one of the biggest issues is the question of the value and status of human life. And I make the point – Einstein made it before – he said you can talk about the ethical foundations of science, but you cannot talk about the scientific foundations of ethics.
Well worth your read.