Stephen Hawkins is not only a great scientist but also a really good communicator. You may agree or disagree with his assessment on the origin of the universe but it makes compelling reading. I will be buying and reading the book as soon as I can.
I have to declare my own view. I have never believed in a god or gods but I think it is an unprovable argument either way. Believing in a deity is an act of faith. I have always found the scientific approach more compelling and every time a new discovery pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge religion is put on the defensive about some of their established beliefs but in the end it is the belief that a person adopts that will determine their view.