Science and religion: Another ungodly squabble | The Economist
Nothing new here. The only people who think that Hawking was (somehow) sympathetic to religion in his popular 1988 book "A Brief History of Time" are those who never bothered to read it. Hawking takes unnecessary snipes at religion whenever he can and has for decades.
I suppose it's a cheaper way to sell books.
The review of his latest book cited in this article (http://bit.ly/aPu3Yx) argues that the centerpieces of his latest round of theories are without observable evidence.
If you're wondering, yes I did study physics at one time.