I think this idea of a God of the gaps is a straw man. (Update: God of the gaps is the idea that faith in God exists to fill in the gaps of our understanding of the universe. A trite view of a retreating God somehow intimidated by the progress of scientific knowledge). No one who actually has faith has faith on the basis of a God of the gaps. People do not hold faith in order to answer a question of origins or to fill in some cosmological gap. People come to faith in response to a moral and spiritual sense of life. Others seek God to resolve a real life trial or to solve the problem of a character defect. People find resolution to a life problem and experience assistance from God. People who are arguing with this "God of the gaps faith" are arguing without any real living proponent of this position. This is a classic straw man. I remember when I was in school anthropologists sometimes held a view of religion as a primitive type of science, but I do not believe that any anthropologist worth his weight in salt still maintains such a patronizing view of religion. It is strange that some in the scientific community still hold such an archaic view of faith as if our faith could be threatened because physics discovers that the universe could be created without God. People with relationship with God know that the universe exists that we might have relationship with God. My physicality exists as a means to enjoy God. How physics got us here is not relevant. Hawking doesn't understand the phenomenology of religion. This phenomenon will remain because God will continue to invade human consciousness. Other Articles (Headline News) (The Archbishop of Canterbury's Response).