Neil deGrasse Tyson on God and Religion


Ever Since Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey aired in 2014 I have been captivated by his teaching style and the fact that he seems so down to earth and sympathetic to those who are not elite scientists.  Neil deGrasse Tyson seems to support systems and processes that reveal genuine truth at all costs.  When I said that he is sympathetic to those who are not elite scientists what I mean is that he seems to hold those elite scientists at a much higher scrutiny in their belief in God because these are the people who supposedly understand: how the planets move, how many of the forces of the universe work according to scientific facts, and the history of how man’s belief in god has changed through the ages.  This articles contains a collection of videos, where Neil deGrasse Tyson explains his thoughts on God and religion.  I find his view of the topic very enlightening and reasonable.

This first video really focuses in on the basic principals that Neil deGrasse Tyson believes in regarding religion and more specifically God.  This is the only video I have seen where this questions is directly answered: Does Neil deGrasse Tyson believe in God?

This next video goes into more depth on the history of God and how man kind has held on to this beliefe in the face of scientific data. The concept of ‘The God of the Gaps’ is introduced here, and I have heard Tyson reference this on more than one occasion.

This is one of my favorite videos, I wish the sound quality was a little better. Tyson brings out how being more educated generally implies being less likely to be a religious person. But the video goes into much more depth on why there are still religious people in the group of elite scientists and why we should reconcile this issue before ever approaching someone who is not as educated and questioning their religious beliefs, especially in an argumentative way. Although Tyson seems to strongly believe that people have the right to believe whatever they want, in this video he goes into how strongly he feels about keeping religious beliefs out of science classrooms.

I really appreciate Tysons non-judgmental views on the situation. He seems to be more focused on why so many people believe in a personal God and distinguishing the difference between science and religion rather than focusing on pushing people to abandon their religions, like some other high profile atheists and agnostics do.