I just read/glanced through this entire topic, and I'm very pleased to see such an intelligent and informative debate on both sides. Well done, TGHers.
And now for me to add a few points:
A) Stephen Hawking is NOT an atheist: He is best classified as an agnostic.
"I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws."
"It is difficult to discuss the beginning of the universe without mentioning the concept of God. My work on the origin of the universe is on the borderline between science and religion, but I try to stay on the scientific side of the border. It is quite possible that God acts in ways that cannot be described by scientific laws, but in that case, one would just have to go by personal belief."
A very intelligent and mature approach, no matter what your angle on God/creation is. He is a skeptic, but he acknowledges that his research does not eliminate the possibility of God, and in fact, the concept of God is theoretically very much compatible with it.
B) I believe that DNA is a language/code, and if such is the case, a language/code cannot exist without intelligent creation.
C) Yes, the Hebrew word for day and era is interchangeable. This is one reason why I don't agree with the folks who interpret the Bible in a literal English manner: It's been translated and retranslated a billion gazillion times before it even got to English/American English.
Best of luck to all of you. Belief or no belief, may God bless you.