‘Cosmos’ had millions of watchers but detractors hit its ‘faith in evolution’

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“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, if the first segment is any indication, will attempt to package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science,” wrote a blogger for Answers in Genesis, a Christian apologetics ministry that promotes the view that the universe, our planet, and its inhabitants came into existence about 6,000 years ago. “We hope that future segments will spend more time showing actual scientific observations—such as the brief part of this episode showing where earth is in relation to the rest of the universe.”

cosmicmanOthers from the same school of thought, like Answers in Genesis astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner objected to the series’ adoption of the theme, “The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.”

According to Faulkner, “There is not a bit of science in that statement. When Sagan said it 34 years ago and then wrote it in his book, a lot of people were saying, ‘Wow! What a profound scientific statement,’ but it’s actually a philosophical statement.”

Unlike his good friend “Science Guy” Bill Nye, who last month engaged in a high-profile debate with Answers in Genesis director Ken Ham, Tyson declines to debate creationists. When the new ‘Cosmos’ host does speak on the conflict, he often breaks out what is perhaps his most famous quip: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”


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