Science & Faith
3/13/14 at 06:20 PM 19 Comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson Revives Sagan's Cosmos TV Series: Naturalistic Religion for the Masses

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"The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be." That's how Sunday's premiere of the new TV series Cosmos began. This echo of Carl Sagan's famous statement of naturalistic faith is the organizing assumption for this new series, now hosted by the best known planetarium director in the country, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

For ENV's responses to the Cosmos premiere, see:

The historically inaccurate material on Bruno that dominates the premiere episode has been debunked mutliple times by historians of science. See, for example, Jole Shackelford's essay about the myth "That Giordano Bruno Was the First Martyr of Modern Science" in the book Galileo Goes to Jail: And Other Myths About Science and Religion, edited by Ronald L. Numbers, 59-67 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009). Although this book's essay on intelligent design is inadequate, the other essays, like this one on Bruno, are well done. Jay Richards' blog linked above gives you the essential information you need about what really happened to Bruno, and why.

If you want accurate information about the broader meaning of science, don't miss Friday's early bird deadline for the Westminster Conference on Science & Faith. Or if you are more inclined to travel to Texas, check out the "Reasons: Conversations on Science & Faith" conference in Houston, which is this upcoming weekend. Or, finally, if you qualify, head to the great northwest and attend Discovery Institutes's Summer Seminars.

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