One of my favorite new shows of the season is Cosmos, a glittery remake of the old Carl Sagan series about science and innovation.
This time however, the series is chock full of visually appealing graphics, lively animations, and with all due respect to Carl Sagan, a narrator who doesn’t come off as a know-it-all. This fresh approach has one purpose – to educate and enlighten the young minds of today.
And it’s doing quite well.
<cue villain music>
But guess what?
The creationists are pissed.
Yep. They feel they’re getting the short end of the stick; that they’re not getting “equal time”.
Equal time? Really?
When was the last time you heard a church offer up evolution as an alternate theory?
More like – “Hey science, you’re screwing up a good thing for us here. Go away and let us treat women as second-class citizens, let us torture the smart guys for believing in something other than the Bible, and let us continue to tell you how to live your life.”
Science, unlike religion is logical. It uses facts and observation, and is backed up by centuries of enlightened experiments, all things that religion sorely lacks.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who narrates Cosmos, was not only a fan of the original Cosmos series, but was prodded into science by television shows like Lost in Space and Star Trek, and by the movies 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars.
Cosmos has been very diligent about presenting a balanced view of religion and science, but not diligent enough I guess, as an Oklahoma television station “accidentally” lost the signal during the 30 seconds of air time that presented evolution.
Casey Luskin had an interesting take on last week’s episode of Cosmos:
“It attempts to persuade people of both evolutionary scientific views and larger materialistic evolutionary beliefs, not just by the force of the evidence, but by rhetoric and emotion, and especially by leaving out important contrary arguments and evidence.”
Wait. Is he talking about Cosmos or the creationists?
For those of you who are confused, let me help you sort things out:
The Big Bang really happened. Just a few weeks ago they were finally able to prove it . Sorry religion, the earth is not 6,000 years old.
Evolution is a fact (except in Tennessee and Kansas). Jesus did not have a pet dinosaur named Snowball.
And climate change, well, while the heating and cooling of the Earth is a normal occurrence, we definitely sped up the process during the past 30 years, and we had better do something about it.
So here’s my final word – if you want to see the human race make it to 2100, you better find a way to balance out science and religion.
Science can give us the tools and methods we need to make the world a better place, while religion can give us the moral courage to stay the course.
More Stephen Hawking, less Fred Phelps.