The Emmy-winning scientist angered a few audience members when he criticized literal interpretation of the biblical verse Genesis 1:16, which reads: “God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”
He pointed out that the sun, the “greater light,” is but one of countless stars and that the “lesser light” is the moon, which really is not a light at all, rather a reflector of light.
A number of audience members left the room at that point, visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence.
“We believe in a God!” exclaimed one woman as she left the room with three young children.
There’s that compatibility of faith and reason at work again. The people God has supposedly saved showing an inability to cope with reality as one of the signs of their salvation. Of course religion does not close people’s minds in systematic ways, though, that’s just something people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who do not understand true religion, say.
Or, maybe I’m wrong, and the moon really does emanate its own light to the earth, rather than reflect the sun’s. Maybe schools just need to start “teaching the controversy” of whether we live in a heliocentric or a geocentric universe in astronomy classes.