Edited 11/9/10: Actually, you may be right on this one. Einstein was the one who said that "God does not play dice with the Universe."
I've been reading online articles which contend that Dr.
Hawking's original stated stance on religion seems to have changed somewhat from what it was in A Brief History of Time to his opinion on the matter in the latest work.
Here's are some listings:
(This article refutes that Stephen Hawking is an atheist)
The following passage is from this web page
"junk science" in The Grand Design
(I caution you that the author of that article has a pro-religious ax to grind.)
"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."
"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."
This one is really wonky:
Far be it from me, a lifelong sufferer of math anxiety, to take issue with Dr. Hawking's findings, but what I find amusing is that he places more credence in the probability
of creatures from other planets invading earth than he does on the existence of a Supreme Being. I hasten to repeat that's up to him and his right. But I still think it's a little peculiar.