Cosmos host Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a scientist, not a devout atheist, and he has no problem with people subscribing to whatever religion they believe in. But as an educator, he has a big problem when religious activists attempt to insert their beliefs into science education as if it’s an equally valid theory. He said, “The issue there is not religion versus non-religion or religion versus science, the issue there is ideas that are different versus dogma.”
Brian Lehrer asked Tyson in the radio interview if religion and science are compatible. Tyson said there are plenty of scientists who believe in God, and in that sense they are, but not if religion starts meddling in science.
“If you start using your scripture, your religious text as a source of your science, that’s where you run into problems, and there is no example of someone reading their scripture and saying ‘I have a prediction about the world that no one knows yet because this gave me insight.’”
He added, “Enlightened religious people know this, and don’t try to use the Bible as a textbook.”
Tyson was on CNN yesterday saying that anti-science views just aren’t worth giving equal time on cable news.
Listen to the audio below, via The Brian Lehrer Show: