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Now string theory may be able to provide answers to the question "why is there something rather than nothing" "why did the big bang happen?" Steven Hawking's latest book The Grand Design describes these ideas. Its not as if everything is worked out or proven, not by a long shot but there may be a real chance to answer these questions.
This highlights the difference between religion and science. Religion just says "God did it" and feels as if the question is answered. Science says we don't know (yet) but encourages future research.
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