So is Neil deGrasse Tyson an Atheist? It’s a question I’ve wondered about from time to time, so here is his stand. He is an Agnostic.
So a few thoughts of my own.
To me the only difference between Atheist and Agnostic is where do you draw the line.
Can I show God doesn’t exist? Well, yes, in about the same way I can show that T-Rexs don’t exist either. A T-Rex could be stomping around somewhere in some remote place on the globe, but I know that the odds are so low, they are basically zero. For that reason, I’m an Atheist.
Now for some folks, that’s not good enough. I don’t know why. I doubt they (Neil included) would be Agnostic about T-Rexs.
I think it just comes with being a public figure. Carl Sagan also walked a fine line between Atheist and Agnostic. Carl is widely credited to be a Atheist, but never said so publically. Here is a clip of James Randi saying why that was:
Going back to Neil for a second, at the end of the video he says he doesn’t understand why Atheist exists. If so, then you haven’t really thought about it well enough Neil….
Atheist exists as a group, because we see the many wrongs happening in the name of religion. That’s why we stand up to it.
If there was an scientific theory, that had no basis, Neil would talk about it right? Yep.
It seems odd to me that in this video Neil sees the harm that religion has done, but on the other hand he doesn’t understand why Atheist exist. When that harm goes away Neil, so will the title Atheist.