I first learned of Stephen Hawking from my mother at an early age. I'm still in awe of this man. He is able imagine, solve and explain great mysteries of the Universe without ever writing anything down. I have to write a grocery list. I can't imagine defining black wholes and solving quantum physics equations without the use of a pen.
While I do believe in God and Jesus, Mr. Hawking may always wonder. That is his brilliance. I have to think a great mind like his is a believer.