In an extended conversation about science, religion and the universe, Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argues science and religion are not compatible.
In an interview with Bill Moyers last Friday, Tyson explained why he doesn’t believe science and faith are compatible. Tyson said he refuses to give credit to those who are trying to reconcile science and religion. “The track record is so poor,” he said, “that going forward I have essentially zero confidence that there would be fruitful things to emerge from the effort to reconcile them.”
In the interview, Tyson also criticized those trying to teach creationism in the science classroom. Tyson linked those who support creationism to a tendency throughout history to substitute the concept of God for any phenomenon scientists have yet to figure out.
“If you have a religious philosophy that is not based in objective realities that you then want to put in the science classroom, then I’m going to stand there and say no, ‘I’m not going to allow you in the science classroom.'”
Tyson went on: “Educated religious people are perfectly fine with that,” he said. “It’s the fundamentalists who want to say that the Bible is the literal truth of God and want to see the Bible as a science textbook who are knocking on the science doors of schools… Enlightened religious people are not acting that way.”
Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and host of the upcoming Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiering Sunday, March 9, 2014 on Fox.