The argument from authority is usually made by idiots on the other side. first of all, who says Stephen Hawkins (sic) is the smartest man in the world, and how would they know if they were not extremely smart themselves? and how would some smartness or other be relevant to whether that would be useful in knowing whether there is a creator? you are being silly, and extreme, going too far. and then you have the nerve to say "sorry"! it is hard atheists who claim to have knowledge or have proof or to be sure there is go good who give the hope to the silly believers - all they have to do is say "prove it" to you. you can't prove it, nor could a smart man like Stephen Hawkins (sic) prove it. it is very likely beyond proving by any reasonable standardproof, in a reality we as humans cannot reach and maybe can never reach, even with math and science.There is more evidence of science than religion. This planet has been here for billions of years not millions and thanks to evolution we exist. Stephen Hawkins, the smartest man in the world, said there is no creator. Sorry
all you have to do to be smarter than Stephen Hawkins(sic) is to admit you do not know whether there is a god, and then go and say that personally you doubt it. nonbelief is perfectly respectable if it is not bragging that you know something you don't know.
I keep telling people it is totally unnecessary and even counterproductive and silly, arrogant and hard-headed, to claim to know or to be able to prove there is no god of any sort. All one has to do is challenge a believer in some god to prove that god exists, and the believer will not be able to do it, and then you have won. Once you say you know, then someone asks you to prove it, and you can't, and then you have lost - when you did not have to even play that silly game.
A hard atheist is the name for the foolish ones who claim to know or be able to prove there is no god. an agnostic atheist is the name for the smart ones who do not claim to know, but certainly do not believe in any god. all we have to do is ask any believer to prove that what he believes is true, and we have an easy road - he cannot do it.