We’re told atheism is a rational response to the Bible’s factual failures. That’s a cover story. Atheism is really about an illusory freedom from Big Rules.
A lot of the fault atheists find with the Bible are grounded in its scientific failures. But those failures ultimately really don’t matter to the ordinary man or woman. Their lives are unaffected whether God initiated the Big Bang or not. It’s also irrelevant whether God created the solar system or not.
I don’t deny that, from a purely knowledge-based point of view, it’s utterly fascinating to learn the science and physics behind the universe’s coming together after the Big Bang. I don’t question any of the science. But it still doesn’t make a difference to me personally, whether God created it or not. That alone should not drive me to atheism.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, though, thinks it matters a great deal, as evidenced by his periodic insufferably smug tweets, whether directly about God, the futility of religion, or about the nature of science:
A subject is scientifically controversial when actively debated by legions of scientists, not when actively debated by the public, the press, or by politicians.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 24, 2018
Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 16, 2018
Merry Christmas to the world’s 2.5 billion Christians. And to the remaining 5 billion people, including Muslims Atheists Hindus Buddhists Animists & Jews, Happy Monday.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 24, 2017
If the world were really going to end, cosmically, I’d let y’all know, and with plenty of time to do nothing about it.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 30, 2017
I can sort of get where Tyson is coming from. Thanks to his credentials, he thinks he’s figured out the secrets of the universe. In his field, God as creator is competition to his theories about natural laws as “creator.” He’s not even going to debate the subject. As far as he’s concerned, he won. Atheism rules!
Still, I think Tyson might have a bit of humility, because last I heard, he doesn’t have an answer for what preceded the Big Bang. Theories? Sure. But an answer, no. Until the astrophysicists can get past that one with certainty, I’ll reserve judgment about God’s existence and hope that, if He does exist, He doesn’t have any serious reservations about my existence.
But let’s return to the ordinary Jane or Joe in the street, the one whose life is unaffected by the raging battle between some astrophysicists and God.
Peering back a few hundred years, when the Enlightenment hit, I can understand that a sense of betrayal might have driven some people — ordinary people, not scientists — away from God: [Read more…]