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Neil deGrasse Tyson Concurs: Catholicism Is the Science-Friendly Religion
Neil deGrasse Tyson revealed in an interview that he does not believe in God. Although he did not specifically use the word atheist, it was obvious from his words he did not believe in any higher power. For Neil deGrasse Tyson, the suffering and misery in the world are proof that there is no God. He said the more he looks at the universe and sees how it works, the lesser he is inclined to believe that there can be a God. He adds that there are many things that make life miserable on earth in nature, such as diseases, birth defects, natural disasters, volcanoes, hurricanes and causing, death and suffering. When he sees these things, he finds it hard to believe that an all-loving God could let these things happen. However, he says that there is no point of believing in a God right now because there is absolutely no proof of his existence.
David Freeman: Cosmologically speaking, what's changed in the 34 years since the original "Cosmos? DF: Exoplanets hadn't yet been observed back then. Now we've seen hundreds. Does that mean we're closer to discovering extraterrestrial life? NT: That is a big question we all have: are we alone in the universe? And exoplanets confirm the suspicion that planets are not rare.
Before long, Tyson was talking about the role the Catholic Church played in creating the calendar as we know it. It was off by ten days. At the time, before telescopes were invented, these Jesuit priests were put into the service of figuring out why the calendar was shifting in the year. So Catholics have been in there in multiple places. This little exchange might have seemed uninteresting in another era, but not today. The rise in the new atheism and Biblical literalism have made it a commonplace that science and religion are in conflict, and young people are absorbing the idea as axiomatic.
As an astrophysicist, Tyson says he doesn't accept anything unless scientific evidence backs it up.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson's influence on pop culture is evident in this recent interview on God and science. Kevin Harris: Thanks for coming in! This is Reasonable Faith with Dr. William Lane Craig. Craig, you always keep an eye out on what is popular in culture. One of the most popular popularizers of science is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.