Stephen Hawking's recent comment that the universe does not need a creator God--because it can spontaneously create itself--has prompted lively debate on the web, and also this intelligent response from Robert Spitzer, S.J. Fr. Spitzer, a Jesuit priest and the former president of Gonzaga University, also has a Ph.D. in philosophy, and is an energetic and articulate Catholic apologist. My general question for Professor Hawking would be: Can something come from nothing? This flies in the face not simply of natural law but simple logic. Anyway, here is Fr. Spitzer on the creation of the universe.